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 recognized practices with extensive experience designing innovative urban spaces and specialized infrastructure projects.
Working as design partners, KPF and Heatherwick Studio, with Architects 61 will be joined by a team of design consultants, including James Corner Field Operations, The Fountain Workshop, Speirs + Major, Lichtvision Design, and Bruce Mau Design with Entro. Arup, Motts McDonald, and Surbana Jurong will serve as leaders of the engineering team.
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.
For KPF, the project is the natural progression of a 40-year history of delivering infrastructure and urban projects of international significance. The firm’s airport experience includes major terminals across the world, such as the nearly completed Midfield Terminal Complex at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The commission of Changi Airport Terminal 5 cements KPF as one of the global design leaders of the largest, most complex international airport terminals. KPF’s success in the execution of projects of immense scale proceeds from the firm’s intention to make contributions to the built environment that go beyond their physical footprint. The firm has gleaned its deep understanding of culture and community through the design of vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods and urban centers including Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, Hudson Yards in New York City, and Victoria Dockside in Hong Kong.
Changi Airport Terminal 5 is a hugely significant addition to Heatherwick Studio’s diverse international portfolio. Since it was founded in 1994 the studio has created places focused on human experience. Terminal 5’s vast scale and international importance presents one of the studio’s greatest opportunities for this approach.
The combination of KPF’s experience in both large-scale infrastructure and urban neighborhoods, 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.