Changi Airport – Terminal 1

Melbourne International Airport Strategic Terminal Extension (STEP)
March 12, 2019
Hong Kong International Airport East Hall
March 8, 2019

At a Glance

  • LocationChangi
  • CountrySingapore
  • ClientCivil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS)
  • ServicesCivil & Structural, MEP, Facade
  • SectorsTransportation, Aviation

Meinhardt was instrumental in upgrading Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 (T1). Approximately 240,000 sq ft of floor area was added to the building, bringing the total floor area of T1 to about 3.3 million sq ft. The larger floor area provided for more spatial comfort, better passenger flow, additional facilities and expanded retail and F&B offerings. Improvements to the façade and terminal facilities were done with the aim of improving the airport experience for passengers and subsequently retaining Changi’s status as one of the world’s most innovative airports across various domains such as air traffic management, design and passenger capacity. Higher ceilings, improved lighting, wider thoroughfares and thoughtful landscaping have all contributed to a high-quality experience.

Creative façade designs incorporating architectural features has resulted in introducing natural daylight into the terminal via the iconic lantern skylight that spans the length of the terminal along with taller and unobstructed glazed walls to heighten the arrival and departure experience for the traveller and visitors alike at Singapore Changi Airport.

Our project engineers were able to deliver the project efficiently despite having to carry out the upgrading whilst the terminal remained operational. Our team’s project managers were able to phase out the work during the four-year period to accommodate the different operational requirements of the terminal’s users.



Innovative Facade Solutions

Improvements to the façade and airport facilities aimed to enhance the Changi experience that has become synonymous with Singapore’s airport. Elements include a new iconic canopy at the departure drop-off, a terminal-long lantern skylight with louvres control and introduce natural daylight into the building, while public spaces with higher glazed walls overlook the airside apron emphasising the exciting connection between flight and passenger. Refreshing the arrival immigration hall, the architects introduced a 12m high glazed façade wall with landscape feature further emphasis the ‘Tropical City’ as passengers enter Singapore.