Changi International Airport – Rail Terminal

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2001
  • Design Finish Year 1997
  • Size Building Height: 16 meters Number of Stories: 2 Building Gross Area: 270,000
  • Transit Mode Bus,Subway
  • Awards
    2004, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2004, Construction Excellence Award, Singapore Building and Construction Authority 2003, Lumen Award of Excellence, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - New York Section 2003, Award of Excellence, AIA – New York State 2003, Glass Architecture Design Competition, 1st Place, GlassTech Asia 2003, Design Award: Architecture, AIA – New York City Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Land Transport Authority, Public Works Department, Caas Arup - New York Susan Brady Lighting Meinhardt Facade Technology YKK Architectural Products Singapore Yongnam Mero Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. Paa Architects
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2001
  • Design Finish Year 1997
  • Size Building Height: 16 meters Number of Stories: 2 Building Gross Area: 270,000
  • Transit Mode Bus,Subway
  • Awards
    2004, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2004, Construction Excellence Award, Singapore Building and Construction Authority 2003, Lumen Award of Excellence, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - New York Section 2003, Award of Excellence, AIA – New York State 2003, Glass Architecture Design Competition, 1st Place, GlassTech Asia 2003, Design Award: Architecture, AIA – New York City Chapter
  • Collaborators
    Land Transport Authority, Public Works Department, Caas Arup - New York Susan Brady Lighting Meinhardt Facade Technology YKK Architectural Products Singapore Yongnam Mero Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. Paa Architects

Connecting to the city, and the world

Changi International Airport is a key transportation hub in Southeast Asia and one of the busiest passenger and cargo airports in the world. With Singapore’s emergence as a key global transportation hub, city and airport officials recognized the need for a new intermodal transit link to the airport in the 1990s. Since the airport opened in 1981, it had relied only on taxi and bus connections. The Changi Airport Rail Terminal, which was completed in 2001, connects passengers to an extended subway line and provides an underground pedestrian concourse that links two of the airport’s three terminals.


A soaring, open rail hall

The centerpiece of the 2,500-square-meter station is an illuminated bridge that stretches the entire length of the concourse and is one of the world’s longest clear-span bridges. A steel superstructure supports its translucent glass floor. Two 40-meter-high atriums, enclosed by cable-supported glass walls, anchor the station at each end, ushering in daylight and allowing travelers to view the tropical landscape in the airport’s public space.

The train platforms are free of columns, as the bridge carries most of the structural load. The platform and track vault are made of poured-in-place concrete, and the interior is clad in noise-reducing metal acoustical panels.