Jewel Changi Airport’s “jewel in the crown” is a centrally recycled waterfall

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Lush, ethereal and expansive – Moshe Safdie’s 134,000 sq m (1,442,000 sq ft) Jewel Changi Airport conception can be described by many adjective-laden praise words. To that end, the nigh forested indoors of the envisaged greenhouse-like, glass dome design is a far cry from the mostly contemporary setups we are used to in airport spatial scopes. But the ‘piece de resistance’ of the entire ambit is arguably the centrally located 40 m (131 ft) high waterfall christened as the Rain Vortex.

The roaring spout of water does seamlessly blend with the transparency of the building’s glass skin from a distance. But as we move closer, one can feel the force of nature that is accentuated by the downward curving shape of the airport’s glass dome. And, the interesting part is – this voluminous display of cascading H2O is actually recycled back into the building’s system for an uninterrupted usage cycle without any water wastage.

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As for the other spatial aspects of the extensive airport, the overall design is envisioned as a bridge between a user-driven commercial establishment and a nature preserve (aptly called the ‘Forest Valley’). In that regard, Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport boasts of a park that verdantly covers the circulation points of the three terminals. This lush space will be accompanied by semi-public zones like shopping malls, walking trails and sitting/waiting areas.

Lastly, beyond conceptual renderings, the Jewel Changi Airport is already under construction, with its completion expected to be achieved by 2018.

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Via: Dezeen

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