A Sneak Peak At Changi Airport Terminal 5, Based On KPF Associates’ Past Projects

Congratulations, KPF Associates, for winning the rights to design Changi Airport Terminal 5, which is slated to open by 2030.

The megaterminal is set to be than Terminals 1, 2 and 3 combined — and we’re sure it’s going to be just as beautiful.

Maybe even three times as beautiful.

More about KPF Associates

Kohn Pedersen Fox, popularly known as KPF Associates, is an American architecture firm that is behind a number of complex and challenging urban projects.

The world renowned firm has won several accolades — you’ve definitely heard of their projects, just maybe not the names behind them.

Here are 10 developments that give us a clue into the possibilities of Terminal 5.

1. Shanghai World Financial Center (Shanghai, China)

The futuristic, diagonal-braced frame skyscraper that has swept a tonne of awards? Yup, KPF made that.

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The square sky portal is meant to link the two opposing elements: the heavens and the earth.

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2. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (Tokyo, Japan)

This mega complex is a 3 in 1 space that houses food, entertainment and offices. Roppongi Hills does it all.

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The Mori Tower is also designed to resist powerful earthquakes.

Good thinking, KPF, given how earthquake-prone Japan is.

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3. Lotte World Tower (Seoul, South Korea)

It may have an indoor theme park but Lotte World is just as attractive on the outside.

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The 555m icon of Seoul is South Korea’s tallest building and is among the world’s top ten tallest as well.

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4. The Royal Atlantis (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

No, that’s not a floating Interlace.

This resort will be a striking new icon for the Gulf city when it’s ready late next year.

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Those terraces that link the two buildings will be lined with pools, lounges and cabanas.

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All that’s left to say?

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5. Abu Dhabi International Airport (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

The airport’s X-shape improves efficiency, allowing it to accommodate 59 aircraft at any one time.

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Doesn’t the drop-off point remind you of a tropical resort in the Caribbean? We think so too.

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6. Robinson Tower (Singapore)

Currently a work in progress, the tower to be sandwiched between Market Street and Robinson Road will definitely add another twinkle to the Singapore skyline at night.

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An angular roof form like this? Definitely brings all the Instagrammers to the yard.

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7. International Commerce Centre (Hong Kong, China)

Say hello to the home of the world’s highest hotel, The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong.

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There’s even a 360-degree observation deck, so you can indulge in the panoramic views of the city that never sleeps.

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8. Unilever London Headquarters (London, United Kingdom)

Old really is gold: we’re head over heels for the structure’s Victorian-era vibes.

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The insides are a stark contrast to the exterior, but hey, they made it work.

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9. One Vanderbilt (New York City, US)

Still under construction, this skyscraper will be New York City’s 4th tallest building when it’s completed by end 2020.

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One Vanderbilt joins the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building as one of three point towers to define the Big Apple’s renowned skyline.

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10. Buffalo Niagara International Airport (Buffalo, USA)

Sleek and beautiful, this project won the Honour Award in 1995.

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If you look close enough, you might see the front facing image of a plane.

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T5 might joint these icons!

We can see you drooling over these pictures the same way that we did.

With KPF Associates’ magic on Terminal 5, bagging the Skytrax best airport title for 6th year running should be a piece of cake.

Can’t wait for T5? Neither can we.

KPF Associates, show us what you got.

Featured image from Inhabitat, KPF, KPF and KPF.