- This project received worldwide acclaim, including:
ASLA Professional Awards 2009 - Honor Award for Greenwall @ Changi Airport Terminal 3
SILA Merit Award 2007 for Institutions Category
- The design of the Green Tapestry at Terminal 3 creates a living space without borders between buildings and garden, architecture and landscape by combining building technology and a living green “veil “.
This vertical garden is one of the most distinctive features of the new terminal building and spans 300 meters in total length separated only by four water features. The unique characteristic of plants found in a tropical rainforest inspired the selection of plants for the vertical garden. At Terminal 3 alone, the Green Tapestry has more than 10,000 plants. The design maximizes planting space to introduce more greenery, warmth and softness to the predominantly stone, glass and steel structure of this mega-structure. Further, it achieves this without losing valuable floor space. Hanging three meters over the baggage claim area, it rises fourteen meters into the voluminous cavity of the building.
- There are many vertical green walls and other significant landscape projects around the world, but the Green Tapestry designed for Terminal 3 is unique since it had to be designed to be easily maintained without the need of scaffolding for the busy airport that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The plants are grown on stainless steel cables secured to the steel infrastructure system and each cable is removable if there is a need to replace plants individually. Like any garden, it will mature and evolve in response to the care that it is given. In future it will not be the same as it is today.
The vertical garden will be an ever changing tapestry of living texture - a demonstration of dynamic Landscape Architecture.