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ST goes behind the scenes to find out what went into bringing Jewel Changi Airport to life

What does it take to build an indoor forest? Or maintain a 40m-tall waterfall? The Straits Times goes behind the scenes to find out what went into bringing Jewel Changi Airport to life and what it would take to maintain the 10-storey complex.

The verdict is clear. From the throngs as well as selfies, wefies and snapshots on social media since last Thursday, when people began streaming in, the star at Jewel Changi Airport is its indoor waterfall.

And making sure it looks perfect in the picture is as tall an order as the 40m-high structure itself. The tanks must be algae-free and the water maintained at the optimal pH level, said Mr Jeremy Yeo, Jewel Changi Airport's head of user experience.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'How to make a Jewel shine'. Print Edition | Subscribe