The World’s Tallest Indoor Waterfall Is Actually in an Airport

Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport is like nothing you’ve seen before. Voted the best airport in the world for eight consecutive years, it’s also a fauna lover’s paradise and houses several architectural wonders like a 164-foot-long glass-bottomed bridge suspended 23 meters above ground. But the Jewel’s true crowning glory is its 130-foot-tall Rain Vortex and the forest valley enveloping it. Created by WET, a Los Angeles design company, the Rain Vortex is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. On any given day, an astounding 500,000 liters of water that has been harvested from rain and recirculated can swirl down from the Jewel’s roof in a circular pattern. There are several distinct features built into the exterior of the building to create this perennial flow of water that gets captured in a giant ground level acrylic funnel at the ground level. For instance, there are the “fins” — a network of pipes — that channel the water to the ring in the middle of the oculus.

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