Who knew an airport could include the world’s tallest indoor waterfall under a translucent, ovoid-shaped gridshell roof that spans 650 feet across? BuroHappold did. Jewel Changi Airport has extended one of the world’s busiest aviation facilities to include a civic plaza and marketplace, making it so much more than a ‘mere transit hub’.
The architectural design by Safdie Architects combines retail, restaurants, a hotel, an expansive indoor garden and leisure facilities. BuroHappold, a renowned global expert on airport design, was hireds to harness the power of big data in developing the steel structure and fac¸ade systemts for the gridshell building. BuroHappold’s advanced analysis and engineering solutions helped Safdie Architects’ concept to become a nearly column-free interior, highlighting how integrated engineering is ‘essential in realising iconic architectural works’.
Comprised with over 9,000 glass panels, 40,000 steel beams and 6,000 connecting “nodes” - which all enable a central open oculus forming the 130 foot tall “Rain Vortex” - the gridshell building weighs 6,000 tons.
“The complex form of Jewel Changi Airport’s iconic outer shell reflects a sophisticated engineering solution that was developed using the most advanced computational methods.” - Craig Schwitter, BuroHappold.
Jewel Changi Airport is the most recent of aviation projects in BuroHappold’s notable portfolio. To find out more, click here.