KPF and Heatherwick Studio selected for design of Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 5

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Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and Heatherwick Studio are pleased to announce their selection by Changi Airport Group, the manager and operator of Singapore Changi Airport, as the design leaders of the airport’s new Terminal 5.

The collaboration brings together two award-winning and internationally recognised practices with extensive experience designing innovative urban spaces and specialised infrastructure projects.

Changi Airport Terminal 5 will add an initial capacity of up to 50 million passengers per year to what is already one of the busiest and most celebrated international airports in the world. The magnitude of the project not only requires a design vision on a city-like scale, but also offers the opportunity to transform conventional thinking in airport design.

The combination of KPF’s experience in both large-scale infrastructure and urban neighbourhoods, paired with the innovative design expertise of Heatherwick Studio, will create an airport that will go beyond mere transportation requirements and become a city within itself – an integral piece of Singapore.

Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, said:
“It’s thrilling to be chosen to lead the design of the next phase of the world’s most successful airport, collaborating with KPF to nearly double the size of Changi. This is an extraordinary opportunity to break away from the sterility and soullessness we’ve come to expect from typical airport environments. We’re excited to treat this next phase of Changi as a new piece of city and bring together the rigour of airport planning with an uncompromising interest in the quality of human experience for passengers.”

Stuart Wood, Group Leader at Heatherwick Studio, said:
“Winning the global competition with KPF to design Changi Airport Terminal 5 sets us the most challenging opportunity Heatherwick Studio has ever undertaken. The scale and ambition of this project is unprecedented. We are delighted to have the opportunity to make a memorable new terminal for Changi that inspires at every scale from mega infrastructure, aviation, transit, retail, leisure, and culture through to the tiniest detail. Our hope is to make Terminal 5 the most homely and at the same time spectacular airport in the world for many years to come.”