Changi Airport Terminal 3 – A Preview
November 23, 2007, 4:39 pm
Filed under: airports, Changi, Changi Airport, Singapore, T3, Terminal 3

Pursuing my interest in airport design, I attended Changi Airport‘s public preview of its newly minted Terminal 3, fondly referred to as T3.  Here are some pictures I took, interspersed with interesting factoids.

T3 will officially open on Jan 9, 2008, offering a total floor area of 380,000 square meter.  T3 is a 7-storey structure with four above-ground levels and three basements.

A state-of-the-art roof incorporating some 900 skylights with butterfly-shaped reflector panels designed to adjust the amount of natural light let into the terminal creates a soothing, natural ambience while reducing energy usage.  A butterfly garden is one of the attractions that await passengers.

Glass is used extensively to create a sense of openness and space.  There will be some world firsts with its retail selection: the first official FIFA store, and the first Sony and Apple travel outlets for example.

Ten skytrains will connect T3 to T2 and T1 on a 6.5 kilometer elevated track.  T3 will also be connected to a Crown Plaza Hotel, which will be 9-storey tall with up to 350 guest rooms.

T3 will be dotted with close to 100 retail shops, 40 F&B outlets, 20 service outlets, and free Internet access kiosks.

An interesting highlight of T3 is a 5-storey high vertical garden dubbed Green Wall.  Spanning 300 meters, it spans the departure and arrival halls, and is adorned with creeper plants.

Overall, T3 was built at a cost of US$1.75 billion, and will add a capacity of 22 million passengers per year, boosting the total capacity of Changi Airport to a total of 70 million passengers.


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Nice T3 pics. You really went everywhere in there! Don’t think have the time to visit it so got a peek at it via the photos. cheers

Comment by blogscapes

Hi Serena, yes, T3 is way cool. In my reckoning, no airport in Asia or even North America comes close.

Comment by sojourneys

Great tour there. It just makes me want to travel again and get on that plane… Well, should be in another month’s time to freezing cold Beijing! 😉

Comment by walter

wah..ur pics very clear man..

I love the partnership between the greenery and high tech stuffs all around..the ceiling for the 1st to 3rd photo is trippy man…kekek..

Comment by Jason Ho

Hi Walter, so you’re bound for China, huh. I’ll be in HK. Plan to travel out of T3 come Jan/Feb ’08. Jason, yeah, thanks to my nifty little Canon IXUS 40! 🙂

Comment by sojourneys

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