Changi Airport, Terminal 1


The multi-award winning Changi Airport offers a wealth of entertainment opportunities to amuse travellers between flights. During a refitting of Terminal One, Preciosa contributed a bespoke dynamic installation entitled Garden Metamorphosis.

The concept presented was one featuring nature and the beautiful elements found in a garden. Designers wanted a chandelier that felt light and with colours reflecting a water/garden vibe. It should also bring a touch of luxury to the space.

Preciosa designer Anna Králová worked with the design team to develop their garden theme. The chandelier is inspired by a tree, from which the leaves fly and become butterflies. The butterflies are lit and a dynamic scene has been programmed which enhances the feeling of a transformation.

The installation is more than ten metres long and 9 metres wide. There are more than 650 hand-blown Bohemian crystal components including small and big butterflies and small and big single and double leaves. Each component is an original. The metal base is champagne and polished brass for a warm feel and the component colours include clear, frosted, partly frosted, pink, and lustre. 

The biggest challenge when engineering this installation was balancing the light and airy design with the need for it to be structurally stable. The installation had to be built to withstand shocks caused by the normal operation of the airport. Preciosa used its know-how gained from its work in maritime as well as seismically sensitive locations to meet both needs.

The architecture and interior design was led by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, Singapore. Preciosa worked with the main contractor, Takenaka Corporation, Singapore.