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World's tallest indoor waterfall crowns amazing Moshe Safdie-designed airport building

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Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport is due to open on April 17
Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport is due to open on April 17
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Jewel Changi Airport's Forest Valley is a terraced area featuring walking trails and seating, with over 200 species of plants
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Jewel Changi Airport's Forest Valley is a terraced area featuring walking trails and seating, with over 200 species of plants
Jewel Changi Airport's glass-and-steel structure spans over 200 m (650 ft) at the roof's widest point
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Jewel Changi Airport's glass-and-steel structure spans over 200 m (650 ft) at the roof's widest point
Jewel Changi Airport's rainwater-fed Rain Vortex will shower rainwater from a central oculus seven stories down down
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Jewel Changi Airport's rainwater-fed Rain Vortex will shower rainwater from a central oculus seven stories down down
Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport is due to open on April 17
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Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport is due to open on April 17
Jewel Changi Airport measures 134,000 sq m (1,442,364 sq ft)
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Jewel Changi Airport measures 134,000 sq m (1,442,364 sq ft)
Jewel Changi Airport's Rain Vortex will flow at more than 10,000 gallons (37,854 liters) per minute, helping to cool the interior
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Jewel Changi Airport's Rain Vortex will flow at more than 10,000 gallons (37,854 liters) per minute, helping to cool the interior

Work is nearing completion on Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport project. Led by Safdie Architects, it looks like it'll be a much nicer place to spend time than a typical airport and will boast an indoor park with walking trails, a forest, and what the firm says is the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

Due to open on April 17, the Jewel will be the centerpiece of Singapore's busy Changi Airport and will connect to the existing terminals there by enclosed footbridge.

The building measures 134,000 sq m (1,442,364 sq ft) and comprises a glass and steel donut-shaped roof that spans over 200 m (650 ft) at its widest point, offering an almost column-free interior. The roof will drop rainwater from a central oculus seven stories down.

This waterfall system, dubbed the Rain Vortex, will be in continuous use, helping to cool the interior. During the region's frequent thunderstorms, rainwater will flow at more than 10,000 gallons (37,854 liters) per minute. The rainwater will also be used for building services and landscape irrigation systems.

Jewel Changi Airport's glass-and-steel structure spans over 200 m (650 ft) at the roof's widest point
Jewel Changi Airport's glass-and-steel structure spans over 200 m (650 ft) at the roof's widest point

The waterfall will be located in the Forest Valley, a terraced indoor forest with walking trails and seating. An inter-terminal train will cross through the gardens, offering visitors with limited time a glimpse of the lush greenery.

Another standout feature of the Jewel is named the Canopy Park. This will offer 14,000 sq m (roughly 150,700 sq ft) of attractions including a suspended glass-bottom bridge walk, a hedge maze and mirror maze, and art installations. There will also be an event plaza able to accommodate 1,000 people.

Additionally, there will be retail space, restaurants, a 130-room hotel, and bars.

Jewel Changi Airport's Forest Valley is a terraced area featuring walking trails and seating, with over 200 species of plants
Jewel Changi Airport's Forest Valley is a terraced area featuring walking trails and seating, with over 200 species of plants

The project will be rated Green Mark Platinum, which is a Singaporean green building standard and, in addition to its rainwater collection, will feature dynamic shading and an efficient ventilation system. We expect to learn more, and see photos of the finished building's impressive design, when it's officially complete.

Several other firms are also involved, including BuroHappold Engineering, Atelier Ten, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, WET, and Peter Walker and Partners.

Source: Safdie Architects

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Nik
When LQY dumped Malaya, for an independent Singapore, he really set off a path to excellence. The Singaporeans must really love him, and his legacy. I landed in Changi in the 60's for my 2 1/2 year stint there with the RAF, the place is totally unrecognisable now. This is just more of the transformation to an almost SciFi City state that is Singapore.