A multi-faceted gem to crown a global gateway
The new mixed-use complex at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore aspires to deliver an exceptional experience for the 85 million passengers that will pass through it every year. Occupying a site of approximately 1.4 million ft2, this lifestyle destination combines luxury shopping, hotel and dining facilities within a global air travel hub.
Located on a site formally occupied by a car park, Project Jewel will be situated opposite the airport’s existing Terminal 1 building. BuroHappold Engineering is working alongside the architects to provide structural and facade engineering services to deliver the skin of this iconic structure. The outer shell of the building poses significant challenges in terms of structural behavior, geometrical complexity and constructability.
By using the most advanced building information modeling (BIM) tools to optimize the design and working very closely with Safdie Architects, the engineering teams were able to rationalize and develop the design of the envelope to tender drawings. Key to this was BuroHappold’s experience and knowledge of detailing and construction technologies in long span applications. This created a design that was not only beautiful but also buildable and affordable.
Post tender BuroHappold continues to be involved as the client’s representative to ensure that the final project meets with its aspirations and remains within budget and schedule.
The stunning ‘rain vortex’ will be the centerpiece of a development where nature meets the built environment.
Craig Schwitter, project principal
Unique in its approach to realising an outstanding transport destination, Project Jewel will reinforce Jewel Changi Airport’s position as the world’s ‘best’ airport, providing an exceptional experience for travellers as well as stunning architectural design.
The complex form of Project Jewel’s iconic outer shell will be realized with the use of the most advanced BIM tools.
Cristobal Correa, associate director – structures
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