Flying through Singapore Changi Airport is about to get so much cooler. Starting on April 17th, 2019, passengers will be able to wait in a serene environment brimming with activities. From mazes, slides, and nature walks, Singapore Changi’s Jewel is going to be a revolutionary experience in passenger comfort.
The Forest Valley
The Forest Valley contains over 2,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs in this massive indoor garden. The developers have sought to incorporate as much of the natural world as possible into one of the world’s busiest airports.
Home to Singapore Airlines, many passengers flying through Singapore Changi Airport will be departing on or coming from a long-haul flight. The ability to escape to this jungle oasis inside the airport will be a welcome relief for the long-haul traveler. Some fresh air and sunlight can help alleviate jet lag and make the airport experience far more pleasant for many travelers.
For those wishing to walk far from the duty-free shops, Jewel’s nature walks intertwined amongst the trees and shrubs promises to be a pleasant experience for children and adults alike. For many, this will be a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle outside Singapore Changi Airport.
The Rain Vortex
Amid the trees stands the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. At 40 meters high (or 131 feet), this waterfall can be found at the center of Jewel. By day, the waterfall relies on natural light to create a serene environment. At night, multicolored lights take over and create vibrant scenes.
It is not only lights that make this experience unique, but Jewel will also include sound as part of this waterfall show. As you can see in the rendering above, Jewel’s developers have made it easy for passengers to find a spot to view this show.
A glass-bottom bridge will be suspended at a height of 23 meters. Passengers who look down will find an intimate view of all the shrubs and trees growing beneath them in Jewel. In addition, this bridge will be a spectacular viewing area from which to get good views of all the plant life within the complex.
Some aspects of a traditional terminal will be kept. Passengers will find options to shop and to dine among the park itself. Ultimately, the airport has to make some money from passengers to upkeep the entire facility.
The Discovery Slides
Many parents will recognize some frustrations when traveling with children. Most airports are not very kid-friendly and after a long flight (or before one), a chance for children to blow off some energy and have fun will go so far in making a memorable trip.
Jewel’s developers had this in mind when the created a sculpture/playground/viewing deck. Called the “Discovery Slide” this structure offers children the chance to run and slide while those children who are less adventurous can enjoy the view over open inclines from the observation deck.
For road warriors and infrequent fliers, this experience will be something completely new. Most airports are pretty standard. Passengers have few options when it comes to unwinding before a flight. Some may receive lounge access, others will wander amongst the terminal between shops and restaurants, while another group will camp out in the gate area. For those who find airports stressful or boring, Jewel at Singapore’s Changi Airport intends to give all passengers a completely different experience.
We look forward to flying through Singapore Changi Airport and exploring Jewel. How about you? Let us know in the comments below!