Lonely Planet Writer

Lush gardens, walking trails and indoor waterfalls - welcome to Singapore's new airport terminal

If you’re passing through Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore when it opens in early 2019, you’re in for a treat thanks to a line-up of unique lifestyle offerings at Canopy Park, located at its topmost level. At approximately 14,000 square metres in size, it will feature play attractions, gardens, walking trails, and dining outlets.

Outdoor dining at Singapore's Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt
Outdoor dining at Singapore’s Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt

Located in front of the airport’s Terminal 1, Jewel is intended to be a world-class lifestyle destination in Singapore. It will feature a distinctive dome-shaped facade made of glass and steel and will be approximately 134,000 square metres in size. It will offer a range of facilities including airport services, indoor gardens and leisure attractions, retail and dining offerings as well as a hotel, all under one roof.

Designed to be a world-class, lifestyle leisure attraction, Canopy Park promises a range of experiences for visitors to Jewel and travellers at Changi Airport.

Three play attractions – Sky Nets, Canopy Mazes and Discovery Slides – will provide an element of interactivity to Canopy Park. Visitors will be able to bounce, roam, and slide to their hearts’ content at these attractions, specially designed for Jewel’s indoor garden environment. Each of these play attractions is specifically designed to blend into the lush greenery and can be experienced in all weather conditions.

Sky Nets at Singapore's Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt
Sky Nets at Singapore’s Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt

Sky Nets play attraction combines two concepts – a bouncing and walking net in a single play attraction. The highlight will be the thrill of walking over a void and looking down 25 metres to Jewel’s level 1.

Canopy Mazes comprises two different maze concepts that provide a twist to the traditional mazes. The hedge maze has an elevated watchtower that offers visitors with a bird’s eye view of the maze. The second maze has mirror design elements, where visitors will encounter challenges at every turn as they attempt to orientate themselves out of the maze.

Canopy Mazes at Singapore's Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt
Canopy Mazes at Singapore’s Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt

Discovery Slides is designed to be both a magnificent art sculpture as well as a playground for enjoyment. This play attraction has a 4-slides-in-1 sculptural playscape harmonised in a garden environment where adults and children alike can experience various type of slides. The sculpture is also specially created so that observers can join in the element of fun and interactivity, while also having the opportunity to stand on an 8m-high platform that overlooks the Forest Valley and enjoy a spectacular view of the lush greenery.

Open areas will also allow young children to wander amidst the greenery in the park. One area, known as Foggy Bowls, will have four concave bowls with depths ranging from 30 to 65cm with an element of mist to create the experience of playing amongst clouds.

Majestic Rain Vortex at Singapore's Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt
Majestic Rain Vortex at Singapore’s Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt

Rounding up the list of attractions at Canopy Park is the 50m long Canopy Bridge, where visitors will have a vantage point to enjoy the breathtaking 40m high Rain Vortex. Adding to the thrill factor, the Canopy Bridge itself, which is suspended 23m above ground, will have glass panel flooring in the centre portion of the bridge for visitors to look right through to level 1 of Jewel.

Jewel will also house one of the largest indoor collections of plants in Singapore – with about 22,000 square metres of space dedicated to landscaping throughout the complex. About half of the total landscaping and greenery in Jewel will be housed at Canopy Park, which boasts over 1400 trees and palms.

Petal Garden at Singapore's Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt
Petal Garden at Singapore’s Jewel airport terminal. Image: Jewel Changi Airport Devt

Part of the lush offerings will also comprise two specially created gardens – Topiary Walk and Petal Garden. Nestled amongst winding walkways, Topiary Walk will surprise visitors with its animal-shaped topiaries at the turn of every corner, while Petal Garden will have seasonal floral displays, adding to the overall lush environment of Canopy Park.