Singapore’s Changi Airport which has been rated as the ‘World’s Best Airport in the World” by Skytrax for seven straight years added another attraction.
Aside from having art installations, forest valley and gardens galore, officials of the airport are trying to lure travelers with its Rain Vortex — the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
The 40-meter waterfall vortex is part of the latest development of the Changi Airport called Jewel Changi Airport; a sprawling complex built to increase Changi’s capacity.
The Rain Vortex is seven storeys tall and pumps 500,000 litres of rainwater through the roof of the Jewel building – that’s a fifth of the volume of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Contained under a steel-and-glass dome, the 137,000-square meter complex was designed by architect Moshe Safdie, whose work includes iconic structures such as the Marina Bay Sands, Habitat 67, and the United States Institute of Peace.
“Airports are places of anxiety, and I’d like people to be uplifted and serene and feel good about themselves,” said Safdie.
The Jewel is “the first airport center that serves passengers, airport employees and the people of the city.”
The result of four years of construction and $1.25 billion in investment, the commercial and entertainment structure aims to do what no other building has done: make an airport the destination.
“Singapore is a tourist destination, but 30 percent of the people coming through Changi don’t visit,” said Ivan Heng, a senior vice president for Changi Airport Group.
The government wants to draw those passengers on connecting flights, get them out to experience a taste of Singapore, so that they might come back for a longer stay.
The multi-floored Jewel, located between the airport’s existing terminals and the air-traffic control tower, opens officially on April 17.
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