Changi, Singapore's main airport, has placed first on the popularity scale in the annual ranking of air travellers for years. With its four terminals, it is one of the largest hubs in Asia. Not only popular with international travellers waiting for connecting flights but also with the citizens of Singapore, it is an exciting destination for all.
Numerous shops and restaurants invite guests to enjoy and do glamourous business. To add a new and unique facet to the airport's theme park character, facts and fiction in cooperation with the architects at LAVA designed "The Jewel": a spectacular domed building with the largest indoor waterfall in the world, lush tropical vegetation and a mall-like shop structure. Setting a new standard for interactive, themed entertainment, "The Jewel" is to be designed as an inviting "community space". Special requirements were given on the movement and safety of the airport's employees, reflecting the appreciation of the airport for those who make it stay alive.
The new design focuses on individual experiences with a high feel-good factor. Following the management's wishes, we called the project "Changi Home". The central aim: to recreate the feeling of "home" for both passing families as well as airport employees. Interactive and multimedia stations, as well as zones of creativity, form a varied architectural landscape: an LED cloud serves as a wishing well, a FabLab for younger visitors brings joy to the whole family. The individual, digital key to all events is a small figure that visitors can create according to their imagination. The preferences (e.g. colours) that appear in the process are reflected in the response of the interactions.
Competition submission with LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, Berlin)