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Changi Airport's Terminal 1 gets a stunning makeover

Last updated on: August 23, 2012 08:46 IST

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One of the world's most awarded airports is Singapore's Changi Airport. There are 360 retail stores and 130 F&B outlets across the airport's four terminals.  Changi handled more than 46 million passenger movements in 2011.

Changi Airport's Terminal 1 (T1) has received a S$500 million makeover. The work, which started in May 2008 was completed in July.

The terminal's interior design and decor has been revamped to offer more convenience for passengers at the departure check-in hall, departure transit mall and arrival hall. 

About 22,000 sq m have also been added to the building, bringing the total floor space of T1 to about 308,000 sqm. 

The larger floor area provides for more spatial comfort, better passenger flow, additional facilities and expanded retail and food and beverage offerings. 

Developed on the thematic concept of a 'Tropical City', the upgraded T1 reflects Singapore's reputation as a garden city. 

Photographs, courtesy: Changi Airport Group

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T1 was Changi Airport's sole terminal when it opened in 1981.

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The gate holdrooms and main thoroughfare at the finger piers have also been enlarged and widened to provide more space for waiting and passenger flow respectively.

The thoroughfare has been widened by 2 metres on each side and the width of each gate holdroom by 3 to 5 metres.

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The refurbished departure transit mall is adorned with the 'Tropical City' theme. The airport has a roof-top swimming pool.

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Reflective stainless steel sculptural trees make check-in a memorable experience. 

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The Terminal 1 departure transit mall.

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An oasis of calm at two new tropic-inspired gardens – Lily Pads at the West Outdoor Decks and Sculptural Trees at the East Outdoor Deck. 

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This unique design shows thousand copper raindrops dance through the air with precisely choreographed movements in the Departure Check-in Hall.

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A 204 metre long canopy was installed at the Departure Check-in Hall kerbside to provide more shelter.

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Kinetic rain

Kinetic Rain is made up of 1,216 bronze droplets that transform into multiple shapes. Carrying an aviation theme, the key element in every shape shows the movement of flight through slow, fluid movements.

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 Kinetic Rain - Turbulence

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Kinetic Rain - Aeroplane

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Kinetic Rain - Flock of Birds

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Kinetic Rain - Abstract pattern

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The Millionaire Life at Changi Airport

Passengers having fun having their 'Millionaire' photos taken at the art installation.

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Miniature world landmarks

At the Merlion topiary site, an interesting display of quaint miniature iconic world landmarks complete viewers' travel road map around the world. 

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Temple of heaven

Temple of Heaven, the most holy of Beijing's ancient imperial temples where emperors used to pray, has been brought to live in this gorgeous topiary structure.

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Sydney opera house topiary

Sydney Opera House at T2 Transit Lounge - The Sydney Opera House topiary, complete with the classic sculptural roof shells, is a charming reproduction of the greatest architectural masterpiece Down Under. 

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Merlion topiary

Merlion Topiary at T3 Departure Hall - Standing at 8 metres tall, the grand Merlion topiary beautifully decorated with colourful petals and lined with bright lights is a magnificent sight, befitting of its status as Singapore's most iconic symbol. 

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Eiffel tower topiary

Eiffel Tower Topiary at T3 Transit Lounge - Towering at 9 metres tall, the elegant Eiffel Tower topiary gives visitors a taste of the splendour of Paris' real grand dame. 

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Free internet area

Changi Airport offers seamless Internet access for those carrying laptops and iPads via free Ethernet LAN points. For those without laptops or iPads, they can enjoy free surfing at more than 550 Internet terminals located throughout the airport's terminals.

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Travellers in Terminals 1, 2 & 3, Departure/ Transit Mall will be able to catch the latest happenings at the TV lounges.

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More than 15 species of orchids are displayed on different natural structures, including a number of them tied on natural driftwood overhanging the Koi Pond.

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Free charging kiosks

With the mobile device charging stations, passengers can lock up their mobile devices while they charge and claim them later.





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