07 June 2020

D&A

RAIN VORTEX

 

Singapore’s new Jewel Changi Airport extension will contain a jungle and the 131-foot-tall world’s largest indoor waterfall, conceived by water design firm WET and Safdie Architects. The waterfall will be the centerpiece of “Forest Valley,” a rich indoor garden snuggled under a large glass dome.The waterfall, called the Rain Vortex, is to be housed in a huge glass toroid, and the water will fall through the hole in the middle of the structure. Choreographed light shows at night will make the waterfall glow, illuminating the interior with a combination of different colors. The architects and engineers have conducted a number of airflow studies on the glass dome in order to prevent the development of the naturally occurring humidity generated by this amount of falling water. The team came up with a solution that affects the way turbulence affects the surrounding air. Several built models helped determine the behavior of the design.The travelers are expected to be wowed by the uniqueness of the 134,000 square meter addition to Singapore‘s main airport. It is currently under construction and expected to be completed in early 2019.

 

 

MYRIAD PAVILIONS

 

Kazakhstani Capital’s Astana Expo opened to public last week with over 100 countries presenting exhibitions and pavilions under the theme Future Energy. The event took place on a 173-hectare site, which was master planned by Chicago firm Arian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The core attraction of the event was Kazakhstan's National Pavilion, designed by Smith and Gill – a glass globe sat atop an undulating glazed podium. One hemisphere of the building is completely see-through, while the other is translucent. Inside, tiered terraces with wavy edges stretch out towards the glazed facade to give visitors views out over the site. The globe is flanked by two matching buildings with two faceted mirrored facades and curving awnings.