The space was envisioned to look like it was carved into the rock with the walls as layers of earth and sand. These different coloured and textured lines are representative of the sedimentary layers of the earth where lush greenery grows.
Taking a flight or spending time in the sky happens in confined environment. Once passengers land and reconnect with the ground, we hope that through the calming effect of nature, where wide spaces and fluent continuous curves envelopes passengers in a cocoon of tranquility prepares them to continue on their transit or arrival journey at T2.
To humanise the airport experience is also to reconnect with others. Here, spaces are treated with similar design philosophies as would a hotel lobby. A welcoming, boutique and personal check-in feeling is created with the use of rich earth tones, unique materials and high-technological features.
Checking in and boarding is often a succession of different stages and processes, we wanted to ease the process and make it smoother. To facilitate the transitions, continuous and organic lines were used to offer clear views from one space to another, from one step to the next. There is a common architectural language to all spaces. The palette of material used, inspired by nature, reassures travellers.
CJs: What are aspects of Terminal 2’s design that you are particularly proud of?
BA: For this project, we wanted to ‘humanise’ and ‘romanticise’ the experience of a facility which is quite often driven by pure efficiency. Typically for this type of infrastructure, the constructions material and other elements come from an industralised process. We wanted to move away from the traditional grey and white to a more natural association of colours, patterns and textures.
Many of the materials used for this project are unusual for this type of project and have been specially and uniquely created for Changi. These include: