Hong Kong, China
A new gateway to Singapore
With an increasing number of passengers moving through Changi International Airport in the mid-2000s, SOM designed a third terminal to significantly expand the airport’s capacity. Terminal 3 is a steel-and-glass structure, with four above-ground levels and a 9-hectare roof that spans above the ticketing, departure, and arrival areas.
In plan, the major spaces of the terminal are organized in a series of zones, each 300 meters long and designed according to a different function. This sequence starts at the front of the terminal, adjacent to the departures curb, where a 15-meter-wide, landscaped band is devoted to vertical circulation. This entryway leads into the ticketing hall, which is bounded by columns 60 meters apart. Following the ticketing hall are landscaped, multi-level spaces for departing travelers with lounges, retail, concessions, and other amenities.