Tuesday 1 August 2017

Green Building - Changi Airport, Singapore

Getting close to nature is one thing, having the experience in the most unlikely place makes it more than a WOW! Nothing beats nature; the long expanse of the Sahara, the unending view of the Atlantic Ocean, the chirping birds in a zoo and so on. However, having a natural experience in an artificial environment does more than bringing it close to home.

With over a thousand species of butterflies and an abundance of flowering plants, a swimming pool to relax while awaiting your flight, an opportunity to have a city tour, or better still have stroll into the Cinema to see movies of choice, art lovers have an opportunity explore different sorts of artworks. With a free WiFi and loads of computer consoles available, indeed Changi Airport, Singapore, is more than an Airport.

Designed by Tierra Design Pte Ltd, the green facade at the Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 is beautiful and massive at 4,144 metres sq. It consists of more than 10,000 plants and 25 species of climbers. The plants are grown on stainless steel cables secured to the infrastructure system and each cable is removable in case there is a need to replace plants individually.

"The green tapestry is perhaps the largest interior landscape feature anywhere in the world -14 meters high and 300 meters long. It was designed not to screen and hide the huge dividing wall, but to enhance and soften its proportions.

Strategically located in the mid-belly of the terminal, the wall separates two main functions, providing a clear demarcation of an international border; the green tapestry gives it a form that is friendly, organic, and alive.

Located in the transitional zone of the newest Terminal to Singapore’s City in a Garden, the living tapestry separates the two spaces (the landside check-in and the airside lounges) from each other. This vertical garden is the most distinctive feature of the new terminal building and spans 300 meters in total length separated only by four water features. Passengers moving through the new atmospheric environment of the new terminal building can enjoy the interior suspended garden not only from the departure area but also from the arrival area.

The Changi Airport greenwall also helps to regulate the internal temperature of the terminal with the occasional misting. Indeed this is not just an airport. It is experience, entertainment and of course, greenery all over the place. 

Reference: GreenRoofz
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