Designers appointed for Singapore airport mega-project

24 April 2018
  • Changi Airport

Kohn Pedersen Fox/Heatherwick Studio




Kohn Pedersen Fox and Heatherwick Studio to create Changi Terminal 5

Kohn Pedersen Fox and Heatherwick Studio have been selected for the design of the Singapore mega-project Terminal 5 at Changi Airport, planned for construction on 1080 ha of reclaimed land. When completed, the terminal will be one of the world’s largest, with a capacity of 50 million passengers per year. 

The magnitude of the project demands a city-scale concept. Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, stated: “This is an extraordinary opportunity to break away from the sterility and soullessness we’ve come to expect from typical airport environments. We’re excited to treat this next phase of Changi as a new piece of city and bring together the rigour of airport planning with an uncompromising interest in the quality of human experience for passengers.”

Changi Airport is the world's sixth busiest airport for international traffic, serving a record 62.2 million passengers from around the globe and 2.13 million tons of airfreight throughout 2017. By creating a terminal that could almost double this capacity, there is a chance to transform conventional thinking in airport design. James von Klemperer, President of KPF, stated: “As a global leader in designing buildings of major scale and significance, we welcome this opportunity to advance the airport typology. We’re proud to be working with Changi Airport Group to deliver a terminal that will redefine the way we experience air travel, and provide a new, dynamic gateway to Singapore.”

Working as design partners, the firms will be joined by a team of consultants, including James Corner Field Operations, The Fountain Workshop, Speirs + Major, Lichtvision Design, and Bruce Mau Design with Entro. The leaders of the engineering team are Mott McDonald, Arup, and Surbana Jurong.

Lucy Nordberg

TenderStream Research Specialist & Editor

The pre-qualification for Changi Terminal 5 was first published by Tenderstream on 02.09.2016 here

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