Lunch With Sumiko: I feel like a semi-citizen of Singapore, says Jewel architect Moshe Safdie

Over 40 years, architect Moshe Safdie has witnessed the country change even as he helped shape its skyline

At 80, Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie keeps a full schedule with projects around the world. Jewel Changi Airport is his latest work, and with the new mega-mall, the airport can now boast not just comfort and service but also architecture, he say
At 80, Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie keeps a full schedule with projects around the world. Jewel Changi Airport is his latest work, and with the new mega-mall, the airport can now boast not just comfort and service but also architecture, he says.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Mr Safdie found success in his 20s with his experimental Habitat 67 housing development in Montreal which used identical, prefabricated concrete forms.
Mr Safdie found success in his 20s with his experimental Habitat 67 housing development in Montreal which used identical, prefabricated concrete forms.

Lunch with architect Moshe Safdie is at one of the nicest dining spots in the new Jewel Changi Airport, which he designed.

We're at Tonito, a Latin American restaurant, whose terrace looks out to a valley of trees.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline ''I feel like a semi-citizen of Singapore''. Print Edition | Subscribe