Jewel Changi Airport: 7 things you shouldn't miss

Tour of the Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport.VIDEO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT
Topiary Walk at Jewel Changi Airport.
Topiary Walk at Jewel Changi Airport.PHOTO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT

SINGAPORE - Jewel Changi Airport, a 10-storey development in front of Terminal 1, will go beyond just being another commercial development with retail and food and beverage outlets.

A key feature will be a 14,000 sq m Canopy Park - about the size of 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools - sitting on the top floor of the dome-shaped structure.

Designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Jewel will feature a distinctive dome-shaped facade made of glass and steel.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) said on Thursday (March 7) that Jewel will open on April 17, 2019.  And the Canopy Park - which will feature a 50m-long suspended bridge with a glass flooring, a 250m-long bouncing net and play attractions including mazes and slides - will open in the middle of the year.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. Sky nets

A 250m bouncing net, which at its highest point will be suspended 8m or three storeys above ground, will offer visitors a unique experience.

A separate walking net, 50m-long and 25m-high, will offer a different kind of thrill, allowing visitors to peek through the voids.


Sky nets at Jewel Changi Airport. PHOTO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT

2. New retail and F&B outlets

Visitors will be spoiled for choice by the range of  shopping and dining outlets.

Chief among the highlights include the largest Nike store in South-east Asia, and anchor tenants Marks & Spencer, Muji, Zara, Uniqlo, Shaw Theatres with Imax and FairPrice Finest.

New food and beverage outlets include Five Spice, a food court operated by Food Junction, which will feature over 10 local brands, such as Faai Di by Ka-Soh and Fu Lin Yong Tofu, which have more than 20 years of culinary heritage. Other things to look out for are fast food chains A&W and Shake Shack.

3. Canopy mazes

Designed by Adrian Fisher, founder and chairman of Adrian FisherDesign, who has created over 600 mazes - the largest number of mazes globally.

One of the mazes at Jewel will be Singapore's largest hedge maze with hedge walls standing at 1.8m high.


Canopy mazes at Jewel Changi Airport. PHOTO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT

Another highlight is the first mirror maze designed for an outdoor park environment. The mirrors will create illusions to challenge and confuse visitors.

Both mazes cover an area of over 500 sq m and there will be a lookout tower for visitors to have a bird's eye view.

4. Discovery slides


Discovery slides at Jewel Changi Airport. PHOTO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT

Designed by Carve in the Netherlands and built by Playpoint (Singapore), the slides are an art sculpture as a play piece.

It will be the first large-scale sculptural art piece in Singapore made up of four integrated slides - two tube slides and two sliding surfaces - of varying heights to provide children and the young-at-heart with hours of sliding fun.

5. Forest Valley and Rain Vortex


Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport. PHOTO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT

The Forest Valley, a five-storey garden, will house one of the largest indoor collections of plants in Singapore.

Jewel will also feature a 40m-high Rain Vortex, that is expected to be the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

It will be located at the core of the complex and will transform into a light and sound show with special lighting effects at night.

6. Foggy bowls


Foggy bowls at Jewel Changi Airport. PHOTO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT

Designed by The Exploratorium, in San Francisco, the key feature of this attraction is four gentle concave bowls with depths of between 30cm and 65cm, for young children to jump in while mist is released to create an illusion of playing among clouds.

7. Canopy bridge


The Canopy bridge at Jewel Changi Airport. PHOTO: JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT

The bridge, suspended 23m above ground and at 50m long, will have glass flooring in the centre section. Visitors can walk along the bridge surrounded by mist.

It will offer the best vantage point to view the Rain Vortex display.