Safdie Architects completes world's tallest indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport - architecture and design

Safdie Architects completes world's tallest indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport



An indoor forest sits under a large glazed dome with a rainwater waterfall running through the middle at Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport by Safdie Architects.
Safdie Architects led a consortium of architects and designers to build the five-storey plant-filled greenhouse filled with shops and public spaces, which opens to the public next week.
The waterfall drops seven levels through an indoor forest
The glass bagel-shaped building is connected to the city's transport systems and directly to airport terminal one, as well as terminals two and three via pedestrian bridges. It has five stories above ground and five more below.
Called the Rain Vortex, the 40-metre-high indoor waterfall is the largest in the world and can channel 10,000 gallons of water a minute. Called the Shiseido Forest Valley, this area also features two smaller waterfalls
"The Jewel toroidal inverse dome creates a new kind of spatial experience, a daylit vast landscaped garden, combined with seven levels of shopping and airport facilities," said Moshe Safdie, founder and principal of Safdie Architects.
"Light penetrates everywhere, while the roof drains through the dome to create a dramatic waterfall, dropping seven storeys to the lowest building level."
On the fifth floor another garden called Canopy Park is filled with attractions such as nets and slides
Fourteen tree-like columns and a ring beam support the domed roof, which is formed of a continuous grid shell supporting panes of hig...
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