Changi Airport Terminal 4, Singapore Building Development, Architecture, Architect

Changi Airport Terminal 4, Singapore

Southeast Asia Aviation Hub Development design led by SAA Architects

6 Nov 2013

Changi Airport Terminal 4

Design: SAA Architects, Benoy, AECOM, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner

Location: Changi, Singapore

New Changi Airport Terminal 4, designed by SAA and Benoy

Singapore, 6 November 2013 – The new concept for the highly anticipated Terminal 4 (T4) at Singapore Changi Airport has been unveiled at the T4 groundbreaking ceremony on 5 November 2013.

Appointed by Changi Airport Group (CAG), Singapore’s award-winning SAA Architects, the lead consultant and executive architect of the Architect & Design Consortium (Consortium), collaborated with UK-founded design firm Benoy Limited on the concept and interior design of the new terminal.

Changi Airport Terminal 4 - Singapore Building
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Set to redefine the travel experience, Changi Airport’s new terminal will be located along Airport Boulevard, and will accommodate up to 16 million passengers a year.

The 195,000m² building has been designed to celebrate both physical and visual transparency. The arrival experience will be surrounded by lush vertical landscaping and an impressive double-storey glazed façade. Inside, the concept is dynamic, vibrant and colourful with feature skylight lanterns illuminating the terminal. Gardens have been incorporated to enliven the airport interiors with green walls and an abundance of elegant tall trees growing beneath the natural light.

Yeo Siew Haip, Managing Director of SAA Architects, explained the complexity of the large-scale project, ‘Since winning the project in mid February 2013, the SAA-led Consortium worked hand in hand with CAG and Benoy to bring the design of T4 from concept to commencement of piling works on-site. SAA provided the Consortium leadership in managing concept refinement, stakeholder engagement, fast-track scheduling and value engineering.’

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‘Finalising the overall design of T4 for the Main Contract Tender within the time frame we had is a feat in itself for the industry, especially with over ten consultants and specialists collaborating intimately in the intricate work scope, keeping the project on schedule.’

‘The planning agenda has centred on introducing efficiency and comfort to the travel experience’, explained Meeta Patel, Director at Benoy. ‘State-of-the-art facilities including self check-in kiosks and self bag-drops will provide travellers with a quick and easy airport journey. To shape the boutique atmosphere of T4, Benoy has created walk-through retail zones, Peranakan-inspired shop fronts and mezzanine dining hubs which will offer views over the central interior gardens.’

The main focal point of the building is the ‘Central Galleria’; a glazed, open space that visually connects the departure, check-in, arrival and transit areas across the terminal.

David Buffonge, Director at Benoy said, ‘We are extremely excited about Terminal 4 at Changi Airport. We believe in the concept that has embraced energy and motion; creating a dynamic yet timeless design in a welcoming environment. The terminal has been designed to provide visitors access to a new level of travel comfort outside their traditional airport experiences’.

‘SAA’s role as lead consultant and architect is not unlike a music conductor in orchestrating all processes to bring the design of Terminal 4 at Changi to reality. With CAG and Benoy, we strive to create a unique T4 experience that pushes the boundaries and inspires the traveller like never before,’ said Yeo Siew Haip.

The Consortium comprises a number of members responsible for various aspects of T4 including: architecture, design, civil & structural engineering, mechanical & electrical engineering, landscaping, acoustics and safety.

Changi Airport Terminal 4 Singapore – Building Information

• Project location: Changi, Singapore
• Developer: Changi Airport Group
• Size: 195,000m²
• Consortium Leader/Executive Architect: SAA Architects Pte Ltd
• Concept Design Architect: Benoy Ltd
• Interior Designer: Benoy Ltd
• Completion: 2017

Changi Airport T4 Singapore – Constorium Members

• SAA Architects Pte Ltd – Lead Agency
• Benoy Ltd
• AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd
• Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner (SEA) Pte Ltd

Changi Airport T4 information received 061113

SAA Architects

24 Apr 2013

Changi Airport T4

Design: SAA Architects, Benoy, AECOM, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner

Location: Changi, Singapore

Changi International Terminal 4

Changi Airport Group appoints project consortium for Terminal 4

Groundbreaking scheduled for fourth quarter of 2013

SINGAPORE, 24 April 2013 – Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced today that it has appointed an architect and design consortium (Consortium) to pilot the overall architecture, design concept and construction of Changi Airport‟s Terminal 4 (T4).

Members of the appointed Consortium include:

SAA Architects Pte Ltd – Lead Agency

SAA Architects is one of Singapore‟s leading architecture firms. It has bagged numerous Building and Construction Authority Green Mark Awards for projects such as nex and Jem. UK-based design firm Benoy is recognised for works such as ION Orchard. AECOM Singapore and Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner (SEA) are renowned civil and structural engineering, and mechanical and electrical engineering consultants respectively.

The appointment of the Consortium follows a design competition which saw five consortia comprising Singapore and internationally renowned firms submitting proposals.

The Consortium is now working closely with CAG‟s operations and development teams to integrate operational requirements into the design of T4 to ensure that the unique Changi Experience is preserved and further enhanced for travellers and staff working in the terminal.

Workshops will be conducted with various stakeholders, including airlines, groundhandlers, immigration and security agencies, retail and food & beverage operators as well as other users to ensure that the T4 design meets the needs of each party. The end objective is to ensure that T4, when operational, will deliver a seamless and refreshing experience for travellers, and also be a place where staff will feel proud and motivated to work.

The two-storey terminal is being designed with the flexibility to meet the operational needs of both regional full service and low cost carriers. Demolition of the previous Budget Terminal is almost complete and groundbreaking for T4 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, with operations to begin in 2017. The plans and designs for T4 are being fine-tuned and will be released when ready.

Mr Yam Kum Weng, CAG‟s Executive Vice President (Air Hub & Development), said, “We thank the many participants in our competition. We were impressed with their passion in wanting to help shape Changi Airport‟s future. The SAA-led consortium delivered the best proposal which encapsulated our vision for T4 by breaking new ground in passenger experience for travellers, while ensuring smooth and efficient operations for airlines and airport agencies.

Mr Yam added, “Architecturally, the design of T4 will be functional, and yet have its own distinct character compared to the other three terminals at Changi Airport. Due to height restrictions and the area of the site available, T4 will be smaller in terms of physical space and handling capacity. Our focus for the development of T4 will be on its interior and ensuring that the design and layout continues to be passenger-centric and user-friendly. It will offer what passengers want – a good range of leisure amenities, convenient facilities and attractive commercial offerings.”

Mr Yeo Siew Haip, Managing Director of SAA Architects and Project Director for the development of Terminal 4, said, “SAA Architects has been making our mark on cosmopolitan skylines across the region. We are honoured to be appointed the Lead Agency for the T4 project. Our role is to lead and manage the consortium of specialist consultants from 13 different companies and to work closely with CAG to meet the requirements of multiple stakeholders, in order to deliver the new terminal within three years. We are committed to bring the travellers’ experience to new heights, contributing to Singapore‟s goal of being a leading aviation hub.”

Mr David Buffonge, Design Director of Benoy Ltd, said, “We are extremely excited to bring Benoy‟s philosophy and reputation of delivering creative yet commercially viable designs to the prestigious T4 development, to be built at Singapore Changi Airport. Our successful scheme will generate a distinct personality for T4, celebrating the notions of energy and movement whilst embracing timeless yet dynamic design attributes to create a truly unique „sense of place‟ for the scheme, allowing visitors to make the most of their travel time in a serene setting.”

Changi Airport T4 information received from Changi Airport Group

Location: Changi Airport, Singapore

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