SINGAPORE. Changi Airport Group (CAG) has opened a refurbished Terminal 3 Central Piazza and the airport’s first Louis Vuitton store.

The T3 Transit Hall and Central Piazza features the airport’s latest feature garden – the Crystal Garden – and its glass dandelion sculptures.

A spectacular view of the new Central Piazza at Changi T3, with Louis Vuitton at its heart

The Crystal Garden is brought to life by tiered garden beds incorporating a curated selection of flowering plants and 12 spheres of artisan dandelion glass sculptures in varying sizes. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the other gardens in Changi Airport, the glass sculptures aim to create the illusion that they are floating on pools of water or swaying in a breeze.

At the heart of the Central Piazza behind the Crystal Garden is the new Louis Vuitton store, which opened today. As the luxury brand’s first duplex airport store in the world, it aims to become a travel destination itself, noted CAG. The opening completes a trio of duplex stores alongside The Shilla Duty Free’s Cosmetics & Perfumes outlet and the DFS Wines & Spirits duplex

A linkway at the mezzanine level above the Crystal Garden connects each of the duplex stores and offers passengers the ability to browse across the three retail spaces.

Glistening in the light: The garden area complements the duplex stores from DFS, Shilla and Louis Vuitton

Changi Airport Group Executive Vice President of Commercial Lim Peck Hoon said: “The Crystal Garden is designed to engage the senses of travellers while capturing the carefree spirit of travel, as it greets travellers when they first step into T3’s Transit Hall.

“Besides the enriched offering of luxury goods, cosmopolitan travellers can look forward to an engaging retail experience in the revolutionary two-storey Louis Vuitton boutique. Louis Vuitton’s definitive French charm and distinct travel heritage plays up Changi’s image as a world-class shopping destination. We are delighted to welcome Louis Vuitton to Changi Airport.”

The Crystal Garden is the seventh feature garden at Changi Airport. It comprises 1,735 Bohemian glass components hand blown with different finishes, giving the sculpture richness and texture. Embracing the philosophy that nature soothes, the Crystal Garden integrates nature into the Central Piazza, presenting travellers with a juxtaposition of calm amid colour and activity. The seeds of the dandelions floating across the Crystal Garden represent passengers on their onward journeys, spreading out to different corners of the world, as seeds would travel.

Behind the Louis Vuitton duplex store, the Central Piazza also offers a new open lounge with plush seating and soft lighting, a dedicated working area and individual charging points.