Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport
Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Singapore
Client Changi Airport Group (SIngapore) Pte Ltd
Architect Safdie Architects
Local Architect RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd
Awards 2020 Golden Pin Award, 2020 SG Mark Award Winner (Architectural), 2019 Award of Excellence IFLA Asia, 2019 LIAS Gold Award
Playground Design Carve
Realisation June 2019
Playpoint (Singapore) is proud to present the latest attraction for Jewel Changi Airport, the multi-dimensional lifestyle destination located at Singapore Changi Airport. The Discovery Slides attraction is located at Canopy Park, the topmost floor of the complex.
In the original concept, the playground was designed like a sculpture resembling a gemstone; with parts that are carved out - the slides, stairs and rope climbs - revealing the coloured interior of the gem. In this way the playground presents itself in duality; a gem balancing on the topmost floor of Jewel with a slide attraction hidden inside. 


At first the sinuous shell was designed with mirror tiling over the whole structure. During the design process with the client, this manifested as a continuous and seamless polished steel skin wrapping around the three cones holding up the large access platform. The shell, with its liquid mercury form, borrows the motion and aesthetic of the surroundings. It directs and accentuates focus on its surroundings so visitors can experience infinite and surreal reflections of themselves and their surroundings. the rubber pattern on the floor was eve designed to create a spiraling abstract reflection in the shell of the playground.


the viewing deck of the Discovery Slides provides a fantastic view of Jewel’s Forest Valley and Rain Vortex. the play sculpture will be a crowd pleaser that will attract both the young, and young-at-heart, with repeat visitors. the bright yellow inside of the play sculpture contains four slides; a family slide, a drop slide and two glass-covered spiral slides. the Discovery Slides structure has a complete double curved steel surface. curved glass was used as balustrades, in the viewing floor, as spiralslide covers and on the double curved lid of the highest cone. fibre optic lights were integrated in the rubberized floor surrounding the structure, point lights in the highest cone and LED strips on the perimeter of the curved glass balustrade. air-conditioning was also integrated into the sculpture’s viewing deck to ensure a more comfortable environment for everyone.

The Discovery Slides playground spans over 18 metres by 16.7 metres in length and stands at 6.5 metreshigh at the highest point of the platform. Built and produced in three different parts of the world, it is indeed a very complex and unique playsculpture. From concept design to realisation, the project took over two years to complete.

Playsculpture Facts

• The Discovery Slides are designed and engineered by Carve in the Netherlands and built by Playpoint in Singapore.

• Size discovery slides: 18 × 16, 7 × 6.5 metres

• 311 square meter of sculpted polished stainless steel

• Total of 70 tonnes of which 50 tonnes of (stainless) steel

• Fully integrated A/C system to ensure a more comfortable environment at the top of the slides