JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT 138 SKETCHBOOK
Home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, Jewel Changi Airport is the
pearl of Singapore Changi Airport. Designed by renowned architect
Moshe Safdie, the dramatic glass and steel dome comprises five floors
above and below ground, spanning 135,700sqm and connecting
terminals one, two and three. Envisaged as a world-class, multidimensional lifestyle destination, it features an extensive range of
offerings including gardens and attractions, retail and dining outlets,
a hotel, and facilities for airport operations.
Designed as the next Singapore tourist ‘icon’, Jewel Changi marries
contrasting concepts: the serene garden and the bustling city. Taking cues
from mythical gardens in different cultures – the Garden of Eden, Shangri-La and The Hanging Gardens of Babylon – the concept is designed to
appeal to all ages, cultures and abilities.
Our lighting intention for Jewel was to create a 24-hour immersive visual
experience in which the gentle and slow transition of natural light was
also reflected in the artificial lighting. The glass dome structure receives
large amounts of daylight – even in the retail areas, because of the many
voids, natural light reaches down as far as Level 1.
The balance of daylight with the use of lighting fixtures has therefore
been meticulously considered throughout the entire complex. As time
passes, expressions of light gradually change, to reveal the full 24-hours
of pre-set lighting operations.
From a distance, the Jewel facade glows with bluish-white lighting,
alluding in colour temperature to a clear daytime sky, creating a soothing
and calming impression. The colour constantly shifts within its blue
hues to show the transition of time, while creating a pleasant colour
contrast with the warm interior lighting. Up close, the glow around
the facade fades from floor to ceiling, with the interior lighting
Stately pleasure dome
Kaoru Mende, principal of Lighting Planners Associates, outlines the complex natural and artificial lighting strategy for
Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore – where a spectacular tropical forest blurs the boundaries of travel and tourist experience