World’s best airport home to tallest indoor waterfall

Posted by Christi Nortier on 23 April 2019

The world’s best airport has just become even more extraordinary with its unveiling of a 40-metre waterfall that cascades from a glass dome down onto the forest floor, and which is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world.

The Jewel complex at Changi Airport in Singapore that houses the waterfall has been designed to be a destination itself for global travellers and locals alike.

The complex has a hotel, restaurants, retail stores, check-in counters, luggage storage, and a forest complete with a towering waterfall, hikes and a maze.

In addition, the domed area is more than 135,000 sqm and has five stories both above and below ground level.

The airport was voted as the best in the world for the 7th consecutive year by over 13 million travelers at the 2019 World Airport Awards. It is also the world’s 7th busiest airport with a different flight being handled every 80 seconds.

The skytrain passes right by the waterfall and travellers walk by as they explore the complex or make their way to their terminal. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

The skytrain passes right by the waterfall and travellers walk below it as they explore the complex or make their way to their terminal. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

At night, the waterfall becomes a screen onto which a light and sound show is projected. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

At night, the waterfall becomes a screen onto which a light and sound show is projected. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

The dome is made of 9 600 glass panels. Rain water is funneled into the oculus and is reused in the building for irrigation and cooling. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

The dome is made of 9,600 glass panels. Rain water is funneled into the oculus and is reused in the building for irrigation and cooling. Here, the glass Canopy Bridge gives a view of the canopy from 23 meters above the forest floor. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

The Valley Forest is home to more than 200 plant species. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

The Valley Forest is home to more than 200 plant species and over 60,000 individual plants. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

Higher up, restaurants and retail stores look out over the central forest and waterfall. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

Higher up, restaurants and retail stores look out over the central forest and waterfall. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

Seating and walkways are nestled into the canopy on the top floor. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

Hiking trails lead from the ground floor to the Canopy Park on the top floor of the complex. Explore a net over the canopy, mazes and slides. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

The complex is connected to Terminal 1, 2 and 3, the bus terminal and parking facilities. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

The complex is connected to Terminal 1, 2 and 3, the bus terminal and parking facilities. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

The glass dome regulates the temperature of the forest, restaurants and retail stores. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

The glass dome regulates the temperature of the forest, restaurants and retail stores. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

Although it may seem like a world of its own, it is in the heart of the airport. Image: Changi Airport Singapore.

Although it may seem like a world of its own, it is in the heart of the airport complex. Image: Changi Airport Singapore

 

Feature Image: Changi Airport.






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