What constitutes as an awesome airport? Definitely one that has all the necessary facilities. One that's efficient. One that has a properly planned layout. The rest gets brownie points, right? Well, Singapore's upcoming Jewel Changi is going to get a lot of those.
The new addition to Changi Airport is slated to open in 2019 but the artist renderings so far will blow your mind. The Jewel's exterior is a gleaming intricate latticework of glass panels framed in steel and in the shape of a doughnut. By the sounds (and looks) of it, that's already an architectural beauty but the interior is like a world of its own.
Jewel Changi's aim is to be a central hub and thus will connect three of Changi Airport's current four terminals. Since it'll see a flood of travellers all day long, a lot of thought has been put into the facilities. It will have seven stories of retail and food offerings (including A&W and Shake Shack).
Shopping and dining aside, a "magical garden" conceived by the award-winning architect, Moshe Safdie, will be spread out over the five higher floors. These gardens will include walking trails, playgrounds and eateries.
Also, there'll be a 40-meter high indoor waterfall where by day, it's a man-made natural wonder and by night, it puts on a light and sound show featuring special effects. Either way, it'll be the tallest indoor waterfall in the world upon completion.
It all sounds so gorgeous that there's a chance we'll lose track of time and miss our flight. For more info, visit Jewel Changi's website.
Image: Photos courtesy of Jewel Changi Airport Devt.