Changi Airport Canopy Park offers world's first indoor play attraction created at such a scale

Rarely in the world do you hear of locals heading to their home airport for leisure, but Changi Airport is more than just a place to take off for holidays. Local residents often patronise the airport for a meal, shopping or just to spend a day at the beautiful attractions there.

Travellers and local Singaporeans can soon look forward to a refreshing line-up of unique lifestyle offerings at Canopy Park, located at the topmost level of Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel).

Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development
Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development

At approximately 14,000 square metres - which is equivalent to the size of 11 Olympic-size swimming pools - Canopy Park will feature unique offerings such as play attractions, gardens, walking trails, and dining outlets.

There will be three iconic play attractions - Sky Nets, Canopy Mazes and Discovery Slides.

The Sky Nets play attraction is customised specially for Jewel. It combines two concepts - a bouncing and walking net in a single play attraction.

This play attraction is a world’s first created on such a scale in an indoor environment. The highlight of Sky Nets will be the thrill of walking over a void and looking down 25 metres to Jewel’s level 1.

A world-class retail experience at Jewel Changi Airport. Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development
A world-class retail experience at Jewel Changi Airport. Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development

Jewel’s Canopy Mazes comprises two different maze concepts that provide a twist to the traditional mazes. The hedge maze has an elevated watch tower that offers visitors with a bird’s eye view of the maze.

The second maze has mirror design elements, where visitors will encounter challenges at every turn as they attempt to orientate themselves out of the maze. This mirror maze will be the first-of-its-kind to be built in a garden environment.

The Discovery Slides is designed to be both a magnificent art sculpture as well as a playground for enjoyment.

This play attraction has a 4-slides-in-1 sculptural playscape harmonised in a garden environment where adults and children alike can experience various type of slides like none other.

Aerial view of Jewel Changi Airport. Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development
Aerial view of Jewel Changi Airport. Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development

In addition to the three main play attractions, open areas will also allow young children to wander amidst the greenery in the park. One of such specially created areas, also known as Foggy Bowls, will have four gentle concave bowls with depths ranging from 30 to 65cm with an element of mist to create the experience of playing amongst clouds.

The 50m long Canopy Bridge at the Canopy Park will give visitors an excellent vantage point to enjoy the breathtaking 40m high Rain Vortex.

Jewel Changi Airport's magnificent Forest Valley. Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development
Jewel Changi Airport's magnificent Forest Valley. Photo courtesy: Jewel Changi Airport Development

Adding to the thrill factor, the bridge - which suspends 23m above ground - will have glass panel flooring in the centre portion of the bridge for visitors to look right through to level 1 of Jewel.

“To capture tourism mindshare amongst international travellers, and elevate the Changi Experience, Jewel’s unique offerings including Canopy Park, Forest Valley and the Rain Vortex, will be a place where “Singapore meets the World, and the World meets Singapore”, right at the doorstep of Singapore Changi Airport, one of the most acclaimed icons in the world,” said Ms Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer of Jewel Changi Airport Development.

Jewel is scheduled to be opened in early 2019.

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. 

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