Architect Moshe Safdie is best known for introducing the notion of “humanizing” city living, an idea that was embodied in his at the time-revolutionary project Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada. Now, this Israeli-born sustainable architect sensation is spreading his wings in what is being called his most ambitious project yet—Singapore’s Project Jewel.
Safdie has been charged with the task of constructing a huge bio-dome at Singapore’s Changi Airport that will contain lavish gardens and fluid waterfalls that will pour down from the dome’s roof. The dome will connect between airport terminals 1, 2 and 3 at Changi Airport, a huge transportation hub that serves nearly 30 percent of Singapore’s air travel, and is meant to attract tourists and locals alike to spend time in Singapore’s airport. The dome, itself constructed from steel and glass, will contain stores, restaurants and offer up exciting activities that will hopefully make traveling to and from Singapore a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Project Jewel’s gardens will include green walls to offset the emissions from the jets overhead, which will serve nearly 85 million passengers by the time the dome is completed. The current budget for the construction of the dome is $1.5 billion, which means that Project Jewel will be nothing short of extraordinary, although an anticipated date of completion has not yet been released.
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