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34) What so special about this ceiling?


This is the main reflective roof ceiling of Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3.
This unique roof has a second name – “butterfly roof”.  As the name has it, the butterfly-like automatic reflector panels open up its wings and reflect natural light from the open skylight and illuminate the open space beneath.

The daylighting system helps to reduce energy usage by minimizing daytime use of artificial lightings.  It also results in decreased cooling load for air-conditioning.
During the night, the skylights will be lighted up by artificial lightings, and the reflectors will do the same job as in the day as an Eco-Ambassador.

Beneath the impressive roof, a distinctive 15m high vertical garden call The Green Wall, spanning 300m across the building enjoys and dances in the light of glory.

When you look up the ceiling, you see a group of eco designers spreading their warm gestures and friendly handshakes.  That is where I salute them with the great job they have done to conserve energy and our environment.

Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, 3d product designer and visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

36 thoughts on “34) What so special about this ceiling?

  1. It’s great and ingenious… very practical indeed!

  2. I’m glad to see someone make something both fascinating and beneficial to the environment – great post :)

  3. Magnificent and so intriguing. Really beautiful.

  4. What an unusual sight. I wonder how many people notice as the go to/ arrive from their plane?
    I like the photos.

  5. Sometime it worth to look up to see the ceiling!

  6. Very interesting and educational to me. Thanks for a great post!

  7. Oh, Butterfly Ceiling, what a lovely name. We like it. Actually we were pretty fasinated by the airport ceilings, such as the one in Jakarta and we got photos too. Nice pictures.

  8. Ingenious design, and very Singaporean in that it is goal-orientated.

  9. Beautiful! I will share this with my Eco-conscious friends. This is one airport I have yet to experience. Have not been to Singapore, Sydney.

  10. Very nice…on my next trip to Asia in the Spring, I hope to be able to visit Singapore for a couple of days and see this architectural element of the airport.

  11. Wow… that’s really interesting and unique… Good job! :D

  12. They did an awesome job indeed! Not only is it eco-friendly but it’s so creative and beautiful!

  13. That’s so cool! Will check this the next time I use Terminal 3.

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