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Aug 22, 2017

Changi Airport T4 Open House

Courtesy of the Changi Airport Group (CAG)

Changi Airport Group (CAG) extended an invitation to Singapore residents to visit Terminal 4 (T4) even before operations begin.

Open House at Changi Airport Terminal 4

An Open House for T4 was held from August 7 to August 20, 2017 to give the public a glimpse of what to expect at the new terminal.

Ms Poh Li San, Vice President, T4 Programme Management Office said: "The public has been eagerly waiting to see how the new T4 will be different from Changi's other terminals.  At the Open House, we will showcase T4's latest innovations in enhancing operational efficiencies and productivity, in addition to the terminal's many unique features.  The Open House visitors will be among the first to learn about and experience the innovations and 'wow' features at T4 - facial recognition technology, integrated duty-free shopping, kinetic art displays, a Heritage Zone, and specially curated sculptures, among many others".

Open House at Changi Airport Terminal 3

An Open House for T3 was held from November 12 to December 9, 2007.

People had to buy tickets to see the restricted areas in the $1.75b facility.

They cost $3 each for a 45-minute guided tour and $1 if visitors want to see these areas on their own.

Visiting hours during the open house were from 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays, and from 9 am to 6 pm on weekends.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore donated all proceeds from the sale of tickets to the Singapore Cancer Society.

Terminal 3 started operation on 9 January, 2008.

Construction of Changi Airport Terminal 4

Construction of T4 started in early 2013 and was completed in December 2016.  The 225.000 square metre, double-storey terminal can handle 16 million passengers a year -  this is about 70% of the handling capacity of Terminal 3 (T3)  although T4 is just half the size of T3.  Designed with a boutique interior decor approach, T4 is set to redefine the way passengers travel, through the creative design of the terminal's layout, streamlined clearance processes as well as the way it leverages technology and innovation for convenient passenger processes, streamlined work processes and improved staff productivity.

Passengers can continue to look forward to the facilities, amenities, dining and F&B outlets at T4.

The speed at which T4 was built was achieved through new construction methods which used pre-cast and off-site fabricated building components.

T4 is a flagship terminal for innovation, new technology and new Tour concepts.

T4 Tour Personal Experience

Unlike the Changi Airport Terminal 3 Open House in 2007, the T4 Open House is a ticketed event free of charge for the public to participate in.

On August 3, I received a T4 OpenHouse confirmation email:

Visit Date and Time:  18/08/2017 14:00:00

The email reminder was sent me on 13/8/2017

I am confident that the tour is well organised and planned, so there would be no ways for a senior citizen to get lost at T4.

True enough, there were many volunteers and helpers at the tour to guide the visitors at T4.

I boarded the shuttle bus from T3  to T4 coach stand in sandals and was comfortable and relaxed.

The electronic copy of the confirmation email was presented upon boarding the shuttle bus.

What to do on arrival at T4?

Upon arrival at T4, the confirmation ticket and collect the commemorative boarding pass at the registration counter. (Photo below):

Begin T4 Tour

Explore various attractions and learn more about what T4 has to offer to travellers and visitors.

Changi Airport T4 Petal Cloud

Changi Airport's Terminal 4 (T4) has a new moving art sculpture that calls to mind Terminal 1's Kinetic Rain installation.

Petalclouds, an aluminium installation, stretches 200m and can be seen from almost anywhere in the futuristic T4.

The moving sculpture by German-based Art+Com - the same design firm behind the Kinetic Rain aluminium droplets in Terminal 1 - comprises six "clouds", each consisting of 16 petal-shaped aluminium frames suspended from wires in motion.  These have been choreographed to form various patterns, accompanied by classical music composed by Bafta award-winner Olafur Arnalds.

Petalclouds is one of the several installations in Terminal 4 which tap technology and typify its push to become Changi Airport's "flagship terminal for innovation".

A video clip of Petalclouds here.

Airlines at T4

Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Korean Air, Spring Airline & Vietnam Airlines.

How to tag your luggage at T4

A video clip of a short demonstration to focus on this new feature at T4 here .

The visitors were under simulation during the tour to check through the latest modern scanning machines for immigration and custom clearance points, pretending we were boarding the plane in the restricted areas.

"Photo of the Day" to capture a memorable moment during the tour.

Time for A Tiger!  One for a flight!

Prominent direction signboards for the travellers

Airlines at T4

Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Korean Air, Spring Airline & Vietnam Airlines.

Grandpa Bear with the Korean Air bear mascots

Not an ad for 'The Straits Times' ...

Checking on the Internet for online games?

Admire the traditional tiles on the walls of the restrooms.

Changi Airport T4 Heritage Zone

At the Changi Airport Terminal 4 Heritage Zone, passengers will be able to view how shophouse architecture has evolved over the years.  The shophouse facades presented at the Heritage Zone reflect the architecture of shophouses commonly found in the Katong and Chinatown districts of Singapore.

It traces the evolution of the shophouse from the 1880s to the 1950s through panels that reflect the styles of different time periods.  This starts off with the Baroque Design found from 1880 to 1900, moves on to the Rococo Style from 1910 to 1920, and to the Peranakan Style in the twenties and thirties, before finally winding up with the 1950s Modern Decor style.

A highlight of the Changi Airport Terminal 4 Heritage Zone is a six-minute long cultural mini-show that is played on a 10 metre by 6 metre LED screen embedded into the row of shophouse facades. Set into two shophouse bays, the LED wall transforms into a theatre screen that reflects the living rooms of two Peranakan homes.

The show, entitled Peranakan Love Story and set in 1930s Singapore, is a non-conversational musical that tells the story of the unlikely romance of two passionate musicians who are neighbours.

It was developed in collaboration with renown Singaporean composer and artist, Dick Lee, and Moment Factory. Peranakan Love Storyfeatures a local cast with actors such as Adrian Pang, Koh Chieng Mun, Amy Cheng and Benjamin Kheng.

  A video-clip to share here



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