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Immersive Waterfalls, Vertical Gardens and Digital Skies – Airports as Destinations 

Immersive Waterfalls, Vertical Gardens and Digital Skies – Airports as Destinations 
03 April 2024
 

Terminal 2 at Changi Airport in Singapore has had a major upgrade, setting a new standard for airport design.

 

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Airports, as functional, useful spaces designed to manage the flow of people, haven’t traditionally been associated with placemaking. But what if these public spaces become part of the traveller experience rather than just a means to an end? What if they were aesthetically pleasing destinations in their own right?

Terminal 2 at Changi Airport in Singapore is setting a new standard for airport design with its new features:

 

Digital Waterfall 

 

Passengers at Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 are treated to an audio-visual experience reminiscent of an art installation. The immersive 14-metre-tall digital waterfall descends at the departure hall, accompanied by soothing piano music. 

The “Wonderfall” is an LED wall that’s 17 metres wide and features 892 flat and flexi-curved tiles. Water appears to cascade over boulders, before returning to a calm flow. 

 

Dreamscape

 

The “Wonderfall” is set in a vertical garden, with a “digital sky” which changes its hues depending on the time of day. In fact, the sky acts as a digital version of a skylight, as it’s integrated with the airport’s weather system. The sky also offers visual surprises such as animal-shaped clouds, hot air balloons and planes. 

 

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Picture: an image showing The Dreamscape Garden, with its digital sky and plants. Image Credit: Changi Airport Group

 

There is also a huge amount of plant life on display: more than 20,000 plants selected from 100 species. Throughout the garden, the tropical sounds of Singapore can be heard through over 100 calls of birds, insects, and other local creatures.

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Picture: an image showing the digital waterfall, with a child in front of it for scale. Image Credit: Changi Airport Group

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 03 April 2024

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