SAA Architects, Benoy Ltd, AECOM Singapore, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner to design Changi Airport Terminal 4
This morning it was announced that a consortium comprising SAA Architects Pte Ltd (lead agency), Benoy Ltd, AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd, and Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Pte Ltd has won a competition for the design and engineering of Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4).
Yam Kum Weng, Changi Airport Group’s Executive Vice President announced: “Architecturally, the design of T4 will be functional, and yet have its own distinct character compared to the other three terminals at Changi Airport. Due to height restrictions and the area of the site available, T4 will be smaller in terms of physical space and handling capacity.
“Our focus for the development of T4 will be on its interior and ensuring that the design and layout continues to be passenger-centric and user-friendly. It will offer what passengers want - a good range of leisure amenities, convenient facilities and attractive commercial offerings.”
Changi Airport is the main airport in Singapore, welcoming over 50 million passengers in 2012. The airport is currently split between three passenger terminals which opened in 1981, 1990 and 2008, with a Budget Terminal in operation between 2006 and 2012. This terminal is currently being demolished to make space for the new two-storey Terminal 4 which is due to begin operation in 2017.
The winning consortium is working directly with Changi Airport Group’s operations and development teams to continue the ‘Changi Experience’ throughout the additional terminal and workshops are planned to take place with airlines, groundhandlers, immigration and security agencies, retail and food & beverage operators to ensure that they are fully satisfied with the design of their future workplace.
Various expansion and redevelopment works have been undertaken at Changi Airport over its 31 years of operation. The H-shaped Terminal 1 was refurbished in 1995 and extended in 1996, while plans to redevelop its open-air car park were revealed last March. Updates have also been made to its façade and public artwork - said to be the largest kinetic sculpture in the world - has been installed for passenger enjoyment.
Terminal 2 was initiated as Phase II of the original masterplan and is connected to Terminal 1 by the original skytrain system. It was joined in 2008 by the CPG Corporation, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Woodhead-designed Terminal 3 which moves away from the often-adopted sterile conditions of airport architecture to a more naturally-inspired design, with wood-clad columns and a 16ft green wall. There is also a butterfly garden onsite and a waterfall to help regulate the internal temperature.
Designs for Terminal 4 are yet to be released but it seems as though the design team will look to expand on this tranquil ambience, with Design Director of Benoy Ltd David Buffonge explaining: “Our successful scheme will generate a distinct personality for T4, celebrating the notions of energy and movement whilst embracing timeless yet dynamic design attributes to create a truly unique ‘sense of place’ for the scheme, allowing visitors to make the most of their travel time in a serene setting.”