Jewel Changi Airport not a copycat: CAG and Safdie Architects respond to Qatar Airways chief’s accusation

The expansion plans for Qatar's Hamad International Airport, unveiled in Doha two weeks ago, feature an indoor waterfall and massive gardens (left) that are strikingly similar to what Jewel Changi Airport offers.
The expansion plans for Qatar's Hamad International Airport, unveiled in Doha two weeks ago, feature an indoor waterfall and massive gardens (left) that are strikingly similar to what Jewel Changi Airport offers.PHOTOS: HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/FACEBOOK, ST FILE
The expansion plans for Qatar's Hamad International Airport, unveiled in Doha two weeks ago, feature an indoor waterfall and massive gardens (above) that are strikingly similar to what Jewel Changi Airport (left) offers. PHOTOS: HAMAD INTERNATIONAL A
The expansion plans for Qatar's Hamad International Airport, unveiled in Doha two weeks ago, feature an indoor waterfall and massive gardens that are strikingly similar to what Jewel Changi Airport (above) offers. PHOTO: HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/FACEBOOK, CHONG JUN LIANG
The expansion plans for Qatar's Hamad International Airport, unveiled in Doha two weeks ago, feature an indoor waterfall and massive gardens (above) that are strikingly similar to what Jewel Changi Airport (left) offers. PHOTOS: HAMAD INTERNATIONAL A
The expansion plans for Qatar's Hamad International Airport, unveiled in Doha two weeks ago, feature an indoor waterfall and massive gardens (above) that are strikingly similar to what Jewel Changi Airport offers. PHOTO: HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/FACEBOOK, CHONG JUN LIANG
The expansion plans for Qatar's Hamad International Airport, unveiled in Doha two weeks ago, feature an indoor waterfall and massive gardens (above) that are strikingly similar to what Jewel Changi Airport (left) offers. PHOTOS: HAMAD INTERNATIONAL A
MR MOSHE SAFDIE, architect.

Singapore did not copy the idea or design for Jewel Changi Airport from anyone.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) and world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, who designed the structure that has drawn international acclaim since its opening in April, have hit back at the chief of Qatar Airways, who made the accusation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2019, with the headline 'Garden concept for airport: Who's the copycat?'. Print Edition | Subscribe