Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5 Building, Development, Architecture Images, Architect

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5

Southeast Asia Interior Aviation Hub Development design by KPF / Heatherwick Studio

13 Apr 2018

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5

Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and Heatherwick Studio

Location: Changi, Singapore

Kohn Pedersen Fox and Heatherwick Studio Selected for Design of Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and Heatherwick Studio are pleased to announce their selection by Changi Airport Group, the manager and operator of Singapore Changi Airport, as the design leaders of the airport’s new Terminal 5.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5 site plan

The collaboration brings together two award-winning and internationally recognised practices with extensive experience designing innovative urban spaces and specialised infrastructure projects.

Working as design partners, KPF and Heatherwick Studio, with Architects 61, will be joined by a team of design consultants, including James Corner Field Operations, The Fountain Workshop, Speirs + Major, Lichtvision Design, and Bruce Mau Design with Entro. Arup, Motts McDonald, and Surbana Jurong will serve as leaders of the engineering team.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5 building
photo : Iwan Baan

Changi Airport Terminal 5 will add an initial capacity of up to 50 million passengers per year to what is already one of the busiest and most celebrated international airports in the world. The magnitude of the project not only requires a design vision on a city-like scale, but also offers the opportunity to transform conventional thinking in airport design.

For KPF, the project is the natural progression of a 40-year history of delivering infrastructure and urban projects of international significance. The firm’s airport experience includes major terminals across the world, such as the nearly completed Midfield Terminal Complex at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The commission of Changi Airport Terminal 5 cements KPF as one of the global design leaders of the largest, most complex international airport terminals.

KPF’s success in the execution of projects of immense scale proceeds from the firm’s intention to make contributions to the built environment that go beyond their physical footprint. The firm has gleaned its deep understanding of culture and community through the design of vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhoods and urban centres including Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, Hudson Yards in New York City, and Victoria Dockside in Hong Kong.

Changi Airport Terminal 5 is a hugely significant addition to Heatherwick Studio’s diverse international portfolio. Since it was founded in 1994 the studio has created places focused on human experience. Terminal 5’s vast scale and international importance presents one of the studio’s greatest opportunities for this approach.

The studio brings a design expertise honed in the delivery of recent complex master plans, infrastructure, buildings, and spaces including a radical transformation of a disused grain silo in Cape Town into Africa’s leading museum for contemporary art; the Bund Finance Centre in Shanghai, a 420,000-square-metre mixed-use master plan (in collaboration with Foster + Partners); new headquarters for Google in California and London; and in Singapore, a new type of university building for the world-leading Nanyang Technological University.

The combination of KPF’s experience in both large-scale infrastructure and urban neighbourhoods, paired with the innovative design expertise of Heatherwick Studio, will create an airport that will go beyond mere transportation requirements and become a city within itself – an integral piece of Singapore.

“KPF and Heatherwick Studio, together with Architects 61, are excited to announce our collaboration for the design of the world’s most significant aviation project. As a global leader in designing buildings of major scale and significance, we welcome this opportunity to advance the airport typology. We’re proud to be working with Changi Airport Group to deliver a terminal that will redefine the way we experience air travel, and provide a new, dynamic gateway to Singapore.” James von Klemperer President, KPF

“In addition to our collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, we are thrilled to be joined by a multidisciplinary team of world-class global innovators, aviation experts, and specialists including James Corner Field Operations, and Speirs and Major. In turn, Singapore-based expertise is a major emphasis of this team’s make-up. Our partner, Architects 61 of Singapore, will lead a talented group of architects with a proven track record of delivering some of Asia’s most impactful infrastructure projects.” Forth Bagley and Dominic Dunn Managing Principals, KPF

“I look forward to collaborating with Thomas and his colleagues at Heatherwick Studio on the design of Changi Airport Terminal 5. In this unprecedented collaboration between KPF and Heatherwick Studio, we will bring unparalleled creativity to a new era of airport design. My challenge will be to bring out the best of our world-class design team and create a landmark for Singapore that elevates the urban travel experience and the profile of Singapore itself.” Trent Tesch Design Principal, KPF

“It’s thrilling to be chosen to lead the design of the next phase of the world’s most successful airport, collaborating with KPF to nearly double the size of Changi. This is an extraordinary opportunity to break away from the sterility and soullessness we’ve come to expect from typical airport environments. We’re excited to treat this next phase of Changi as a new piece of city and bring together the rigour of airport planning with an uncompromising interest in the quality of human experience for passengers.” Thomas Heatherwick Founder of Heatherwick Studio

“Winning the global competition with KPF to design Changi Airport Terminal 5 sets us the most challenging opportunity Heatherwick Studio has ever undertaken. The scale and ambition of this project is unprecedented. We are delighted to have the opportunity to make a memorable new terminal for Changi that inspires at every scale from mega infrastructure, aviation, transit, retail, leisure and culture through to the tiniest detail. Our hope is to make Terminal 5 the most homely and, at the same time, most spectacular airport in the world for many years to come.” Stuart Wood Group Leader, Heatherwick Studio

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (CAG) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatization of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport and through its subsidiary, Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

Changi Airport is the world’s sixth busiest airport for international traffic. It served a record 62.2 million passengers from around the globe and handled 2.13 million tons of airfreight throughput in 2017. Changi Airport has 400 retail and service stores, as well as 140 F&B outlets. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 400 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 7,200 flights every week, or about one every 80 seconds.

About Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is one of the world’s pre-eminent architecture firms, providing architecture, interior, programming, and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors. Operating as one firm with six global offices, 550+ staff members come from 43 different countries and speak more than 40 languages.

KPF’s diverse portfolio comprises corporate, hospitality, residential, academic, civic, transportation, and mixed-use projects located in more than 35 countries. The goal that binds our work – and what motivates our efforts – is finding the smartest solution for each project. We believe that the best design is the product of an open-minded search, one without preconceptions or stylistic formulae.

The firm’s current work includes the master plan for Hudson Yards in Manhattan, as well as three towers on the site. Last year, the firm completed work on Lotte World Tower in Seoul, CTF Tower in Guangzhou, and Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen, each of which joined the list of the world’s ten tallest towers.

About Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio is a team of 180 problem solvers dedicated to making the physical world around us better for everyone.

Based in a combined workshop and design studio in Central London, we create buildings, spaces, master plans, objects, and infrastructure. Focusing on large-scale projects in cities all over the world, we prioritize those with the greatest positive social impact.

Working as practical inventors with no signature style, our motivation is to design soulful and interesting places which embrace and celebrate the complexities of the real world. The approach driving everything is to lead from human experience rather than any fixed design dogma.

The studio’s multi award-winning completed projects include Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town; the Learning Hub at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University; and the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

The studio is currently working on 30 projects in ten countries, with a combined construction value of £6 billion. These include a new 16-storey landmark for Hudson Yards in Manhattan; major new headquarters for Google in Silicon Valley and London (in collaboration with BIG); and a new retail quarter for London that makes use of two historic coal drops buildings.

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