Jewel Changi Airport: a destination in its own right

Author: Cristobal Correa

Date published

8 September 2022

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Jewel Changi Airport: a destination in its own right

Jewel Changi Airport: a destination in its own right
The Structural Engineer
Author

Cristobal Correa

Date published

8 September 2022

Author

Cristobal Correa

Price

Standard: £9
Members/subscribers: Free

How the world's largest gridshell-enclosed building was designed and constructed in Singapore.

Synopsis

Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore, is a pioneering project in airport design. The distinctive Jewel building creates a new civic centre, combining landside airport operations with expansive indoor gardens and waterfall leisure facilities, retail, restaurants and a hotel, as well as other spaces for community activities, all contained within the world’s largest gridshell-enclosed building.

This article describes the design and construction of the building, focusing on the steel-and-glass gridshell roof structure and its toroidal centre accommodating a waterfall. The complex geometry of the gridshell required advanced modelling and analysis, as well as modern 3D printing technologies for the fabrication of the components, all of which are unique. Building information modelling was used to create digital plans of the construction process, tracking each component individually to ensure correct placement.

The project received a Platinum rating from Singapore’s Green Mark certification scheme for environmentally sustainable buildings.

Additional information

Format:
PDF
Pages:
6
Publisher:
The Institution of Structural Engineers

Tags

Glass BIM Metal - steel Airport Project Focus Issue 9

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