Construction has officially begun at Terminal 4 of Singapore’s Changi Airport following a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday (5 November 2013). The large-scale project is the work of SAA Architects (lead consultant and executive architect) with Benoy Limited (concept and interior design).
The new terminal has been designed to offer a seamless travel experience for the 16 million passengers who will pass through its doors each year, with large volumes of glass and lush foliage to be found throughout. Bright colours will also be injected into the space with vibrantly-hued shop fronts and colourful interior accents.
Director at Benoy David Buffonge explains: “We are extremely excited about Terminal 4 at Changi Airport. We believe in the concept that has embraced energy and motion; creating a dynamic yet timeless design in a welcoming environment. The terminal has been designed to provide visitors access to a new level of travel comfort outside their traditional airport experiences.”
Transparency in both a physical and visual sense is afforded through a two-storey glazed façade and skylights, with expansive interior spaces creating a feeling of openness. Tall trees will be incorporated into the interior volumes, as will green wall systems and natural lighting features.
Meeta Patel, Director at Benoy furthers: “The planning agenda has centred on introducing efficiency and comfort to the travel experience. State-of-the-art facilities including self check-in kiosks and self bag-drops will provide travellers with a quick and easy airport journey. To shape the boutique atmosphere of T4, Benoy has created walk-through retail zones, Peranakan-inspired shop fronts and mezzanine dining hubs which will offer views over the central interior gardens.”
Also on the cards for Changi Airport is a major scheme by Sadfie Architects, Benoy and local firm RSP. Project Jewel is due to be constructed in the current site of the Changi Airport Terminal 1 car park and a multi-storey basement car park will be created to account for this loss of active space.
The 3.5 hectare plot will then be transformed into a retail and leisure facility with aviation and travel-related amenities encased in a glass and steel façade. Renderings show a luscious garden under a glass dome with a gushing waterfall and multi-level shopping facilities. A previous article about Project Jewel can be found here.