Jewel in the making

Jewel Changi Airport is shaping up nicely, with works in full swing behind the hoardings. A recent preview tour for The Straits Times showed much of the structural work at the site in front of Terminal 1 - where an open-air carpark used to be - has b
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Jewel Changi Airport is shaping up nicely, with works in full swing behind the hoardings. A recent preview tour for The Straits Times showed much of the structural work at the site in front of Terminal 1 - where an open-air carpark used to be - has been completed.

By the time construction of the five-storey complex with five underground floors is completed next year, Changi's future icon, true to its name, will dazzle with more than 9,600 glass pieces. Each piece will be of a different size to create the necessary shape and structural support of the iconic design created by Mr Moshe Safdie - the same architect who dreamt up the iconic Marina Bay Sands.

Slated to open in early 2019, Jewel Changi Airport is a $1.7 billion investment that aims to cement Singapore's status as a premier air hub.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2017, with the headline 'Jewel in the making'. Print Edition | Subscribe