The 'Butterfly' Roof

I arrived at Changi Airport T3 after working overseas and was overwhelmed with a feeling. Singapore Changi Airport’s new Terminal 3 finally commenced operations in  09 January 2008 after years of anticipation and S$1.75 billion. Designed by CPG Corporation and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LP, the 380,000-square-metre building is located directly opposite Terminal 2 with three basement floors and four levels above ground.

“Home.” I said. So what exactly did I feel? Was it the sudden gush of patriotism because my homeland’s 45th birthday is coming? Is it the air? ” Must be the air.” I said. Changi Airport T3. Architecture marvel they call it. Can I not disagree?

The T3’s most outstanding feature is a unique “butterfly” roof architecture which allows soft natural light into the building while keeping the tropical heat out. The one-of-its-kind roof design has 919 skylights with specially designed reflector panels which automatically adjust themselves to allow an optimal amount of soft and uniform daylight into the terminal building. At night, the skylights glow with artificial lighting that is delicately concealed below the reflector panels.

The "Green Wall"

Another key highlight of Terminal 3 is a five-storey high vertical garden called “The Green Wall”. Spanning 300 metres across the main building, it can be admired from the departure and arrival halls, and baggage carousels. The Green Wall is covered with climbing plants and is interspersed with four cascading waterfalls.

It has the first Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café outside Belgium, the first Ferrari travel retail outlet outside Europe, the first FIFA World store in the world, the first airport outlet for Apple and Sony, the first Vertu airport boutique in Southeast Asia, the first SK-II airport beauty cabin and first Hard Rock Café in a major international airport.

T3 adds a capacity of 22 million passengers per annum to Changi Airport, bringing the airport’s total annual capability to about 70 million passenger movements. There are 28 aerobridge gates in T3; among them are eight gates that are designed to handle the A380 aircraft, bringing the total of A380 gates at Changi Airport to 19 across all three main terminals.

No wonder I felt this way. Not the first I am sure. Happy 45th Birthday Singapore.

Not to mention, there is the II Lido Wine & Tapas Lounge and La Perla from Italy founder  Albert Massotti. How sexy is that? I love Level 2.


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