First look: Jewel Changi Airport's impressive indoor waterfall and more

·Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
View of the Shiseido Forest Valley and the HSBC Rain Vortex from Changi Airport Terminal 1. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
View of the Shiseido Forest Valley and the HSBC Rain Vortex from Changi Airport Terminal 1. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)

Singapore — From Wednesday (17 April) onwards, Jewel Changi Airport will be open to the general public for viewing and to experience its shopping and dining offerings.

A consortium led by Safdie Architects, helmed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, developed the design of Jewel. The centerpiece, Jewel toroidal inverse dome, “creates a new kind of spatial experience, a daylit vast landscaped garden, combined with seven levels of shopping and airport facilities,” Moshe added.

Besides its luminous dome, the Jewel also doubles as a connector, which is directly accessible from the Terminal 1 Arrival Hall and linked to Terminal 2 and 3 via link bridges. Visitors are advised to keep up to five hours in between flight transits to visit this new attraction.

Another attraction is the HSBC Rain Vortex, which is an oculus that showers water down to the centre of the building, making it the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Rainwater is funnelled into the waterfall and harvested for landscape irrigation systems.

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Shiseido Forest Valley. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Shiseido Forest Valley. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)

An indoor garden attraction would also make an Instagrammable spot – the Shiseido Forest Valley. Here, you’ll find walking trails, cascading waterfalls, and quiet seating areas. Two nature trails meander through the gardens, climbing 30 vertical metres from bottom to top.

Lastly, on the fifth level of Jewel is the Canopy Park, which includes 14,000 sqm of attractions integrated within the garden spaces. On the northern side of the park is the Cloud9 Piazza, an event plaza space large enough to serve 1,000 people.

Manulife Sky Nets at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Manulife Sky Nets at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)

Ms Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer, Jewel Changi Airport Devt, was quoted as saying: “The vision for Jewel Changi Airport is to be a destination where ‘The World meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the World’. The unique proposition of world-class shopping and dining, seamlessly integrated with lush greenery, fulfils the needs of increasingly discerning travellers for a meaningful and experiential journey, even for brief layovers.

Moreover, by providing innovative and fresh experiences for Singapore residents and working professionals in its vicinity, Jewel will invigorate Singapore’s eastern precincts and provide more opportunities for the public to enjoy time with family and friends.”

As for shopping, Jewel’s tenant mix comprises retail and F&B outlets, a supermarket and a cinema. There are over 280 units, with more than 30% dedicated to F&B and the remaining space for retail. For international travellers and visitors who want to take home a small part of Singapore, they can shop at homegrown brands such as In Good Company, Supermama and Tiger Street Lab.

The brands entering Singapore for the first time at Jewel include Emack & Bolio’s, JW360 ̊, Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, Lavender, OYSHO, PINK FISHTM, Pokémon Center Singapore, Shang Social 香聚 and Yun Nans 云海肴, while new-to-Changi brands include Mango, Massimo Dutti and Violet Oon Singapore.

See more sneak peeks below.

Hedge Maze at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Hedge Maze at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Night view of the crystal installation. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Night view of the crystal installation. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Topiary Walk at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Topiary Walk at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Discovery Slides at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
Discovery Slides at Canopy Park. (PHOTO: Jewel Changi Airport Devt)
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