SINGAPORE. Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel), the lifestyle destination being developed at Singapore Changi Airport, has been named Best Futura Shopping Centre at the MAPIC Awards 2016 in Cannes, France.

MAPIC is a leading retail to real estate industry event and the awards honour the world’s most innovative retail property projects.

Developed by Jewel Changi Airport Trustee Pte. Ltd. (JCAT), a joint venture between Changi Airport Group and CapitaLand Mall Asia, Jewel is a mixed-use complex featuring a broad offer. It includes a five-storey indoor garden, play attractions, shopping and dining options, a hotel and facilities for airport operations. It will open in 2019.

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Dashing design: Representatives of Jewel Changi Airport receive the Best Futura Shopping Centre accolade at the MAPIC Awards Gala Function (Photo: Jewel Changi Airport Devt.)

A newly-introduced category at MAPIC, the Best Futura Shopping Centre award recognises upcoming retail developments with outstanding architectural qualities and strong, original concepts. Other considerations include the innovative use of materials, integration with the environment and impact on the local community. Based on these evaluation criteria, Jewel emerged winner of the inaugural accolade.

Designed by a consortium of consultants comprising Safdie Architects led by Moshe Safdie, as well as Benoy and local architects RSP, Jewel features a distinctive steel and glass façade. It will house a natural environment that is integrated with facilities and attractions.

There are two main centrepiece attractions in Jewel – the Forest Valley, a five-storey garden filled with thousands of trees, plants, ferns and shrubs, and the 40m high Rain Vortex, currently the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.  The complex spans five storeys above ground and five basement storeys.

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The magnificent Forest Valley will be a highlight of the complex, which opens in 2019

Jewel Changi Airport Devt CEO Ms Hung Jean said: “The MAPIC Awards are one of the most prestigious accolades in the retail real estate industry and we are honoured to be a recipient this year.

“In developing Jewel, it is our vision to create a world-class destination that will enhance Singapore’s tourism appeal and augment Changi Airport’s position as a leading air hub in the world. With its unique features that will engage and entertain visitors, we aspire for Jewel to be a place of discovery and experiences for both local residents and international travellers. This award is a tremendous encouragement to the team and an affirmation of Jewel’s innovative design and concept.”