The Jewel Changi Airport is an arresting and impactful architecture that has become a distinctive landmark not only in Singapore, it also sets new benchmarks globally in the reimagination of airport terminals as major public attractions. Its central space, a waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, is a design and logistical feat to surmount. This is an impressive interactive public garden that celebrates Singapore as a Garden City and a city of high innovation. The design of the Forest Valley with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall required delicate balancing to attain thermal comfort for visitors, as well as an environment where nature could thrive. In having done so successfully, Jewel reinvents the archetype of airport terminals which caters to both locals and travellers alike. It is a powerful public and social space where the world meets Singapore. The Jewel has attracted many and offered everyone enjoyment and the marvel of something new. Architecture, landscape and experiential design play integral roles to the success of the communal space as seen by crowds of visitors throughout the day. For setting new standards and reaffirming Singapore Changi Airport as a thought leader and innovator in aviation architecture on the global stage, the Jury unanimously agrees to award Jewel Changi Airport a Design Award and the Building of the Year.

Project Designer

Safdie Architects


RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Ptd Ltd


Jewel Changi Airport Devt Pte Ltd

Roof Structure and Facades

BuroHappold Engineering

Building and Infrastructure

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Ptd Ltd

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer

Mott MacDonald Singapore Pte Ltd

Quantity Surveyor

Arcadis Singapore Ptd Ltd

Landscape Consultant

PWP Landscape Architecture

Executive Landscape Design

ICN International Singapore

Lighting Consultant

Lighting Planners Associates

Environmental & Sustainable Design Consultant

Atelier Ten

Water Feature Design

WET Design

Retail Interiors




Executive Wayfinding

Entro Communications

Acoustic Consultant

Arup Singapore Pte Ltd

Main Contractor

Woh Hup-Obayashi Joint Venture


Timothy Hursley ; Darren Soh