Known as Project Jewel, the donut-shaped glass and steel structure will house five stories of shopping and entertainment, crowned by a lush indoor garden on the top floor. In the middle of the garden level, a circular waterfall will pour from the roof’s donut hole center into a sparkling pool below. There will be five stories of underground parking below and the structure will be linked to the Changi Airport‘s three existing terminals via enclose glass walkways.
There is no word yet on when the $1.5 billion dollar facility will break ground, but it is slated along with overall infrastructure improvements to make what is already the fifth busiest airport in the world even bigger. Though Safdie excels at designing iconic structures that integrate architecture and living systems at a large scale, he has a history of doing it in cahoots with some of the world’s least environmentally friendly and socially-unconscious corporations. Project Jewel will not be home to small, locally-owned businesses, but will cater instead to jetsetter tastes and high-end retailers, some of whom are known for supporting the network of sweatshops that are still commonplace in this part of the world.