Project Jewel establishes a large retail centre at the heart of Changi Airport in Singapore. Flanked by Terminals 1, 2 and 3, the building has a total gross area of over 121,000m². Significantly, 14% of the total area accommodates internal gardens. A series of terraces have been carved into the public building to provide enclosed green spaces for visitors.
The project is dominated by a large glass roof that covers the park measuring more than three times a football pitch. Atelier Ten provided strategic environmental design and analytical consultancy on this unusual and challenging project.
The key objectives of the environmental and building systems development were to ensure comfortable conditions for visitors; ensure that the environment created within the landscaped areas is suitable for the plants; ensure that this environment is created and maintained in a manner that is consistent with the high-quality architecture of the building and is thoroughly integrated into the design; and ensure that the operation of the buildings can be achieved with the lowest possible carbon footprint and energy use.
To meet these requirements, we undertook a series of studies to simultaneously analyse and coordinate the relationship of various elements that will influence the design. These studies included daylight modelling and cladding optimisation studies, thermal comfort studies, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies, HVAC concept design and renewable energy feasibility studies.