Having received more than 400 awards and widely lauded as the best airport in the world, Changi Airport in Singapore is expanding with a sleek, new glass-and-steel dome dubbed "Project Jewel." Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, whose work includes Singapore's Marina Bay Sands resort, the facility will feature a waterfall flowing from the bubble-like roof and a lush garden of tropical plants.
Along with a planned fourth terminal, Project Jewel will boost Changi Airport's capacity to 85 million passengers a year. It now handles about 51 million, ranking 15th on Airports Council International's list of busiest hubs.
In Terminal 1, the 30-foot-tall Social Tree lights up in the evenings. It's a nexus for travelers to share and display their travel experiences. They can upload their photos and videos from a ring of 8 touch-screen terminals that surround the structure. The images are shown on 64 42-inch high-def screens that form a 360-degree crown on the tree.
One of the highlights of Changi's Terminal 2 is the Enchanted Garden, which features koi-filled ponds and infrared footpath sensors that trigger nature sounds. It also features four giant floral bouquets held in vases made of more than 56,000 pieces of a stained-glass mosaic tiles.