Singapore’s Changi Airport, voted the world’s best airport year after year, has exotic things to see, including a butterfly enclosure with more than 1’000 of the beautiful insects, and huge gardens showing off countrless flowers. This spring, Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie added another attraction: a huge glass building called Jewel, inspired by the 2009 science-fiction film Avatar. It is filled with 2’000 trees and has the world’s largest indoor waterfall.
“I was interested in the notion that you could take a busy place – an airport and a marketplace… with hundreds of shops and all that comes with it.” Safdie told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, “and cohabit it with a magical park… which is relaxing and serene, and the escape from all of that busyness.”
The doughnut-shaped building, which connects the terminals to public transportation, funnels the rain from its roof towards an opening in its centre. Gravity then sends the water down into the interior to form a cylindrical 40-metre-long waterfall. Called the Rain Vortex, the column of water is surrounded by a forest and plenty of walking trails – making this building a globetrotter’s paradise.
Source: Spotlight 9/19