A huge glass dome intends to knot the airport into the life of the city
The huge glass dome currently under construction at Changi Airport will provide 134,000m2 of retail, entertainment and dining space for both passengers and local residents, in an unusual attempt to knit the airport into the life of the city. Standing on a five-storey podium, the squashed spheroid has a dimple at its centre through which water cascades 40 metres into a lushly planted canyon.
Moshe Safdie’s design realises the futuristic vision of Pereira and Luckman’s unbuilt dome for LAX, modified for an Asian context accustomed to mixed-use buildings – this one has parking on its two lower storeys, a common arrangement for towers in the city state.
Jewel in changi airport plan drawing by safdie architects