Biopolis

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Biopolis at Buona Vista

Biopolis (Chinese: 启奥城) is an international research and development centre located in Singapore for biomedical sciences. It is located in One-North in Buona Vista, near Dover, and is close to the National University of Singapore, the Singapore Polytechnic, the Institute of Technical Education, the National University Hospital, the Singapore Science Park, Ministry of Education, ESSEC Business School, INSEAD Business School, and Fusionopolis. This campus is dedicated to providing space for biomedical research and development activities and promoting peer review and collaboration among the private and public scientific community.

Development[edit]

Phase One[edit]

Dandelion sculpture in Biopolis

Biopolis Phase One, designed by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is a 185,000 m² (2,000,000 ft²) biomedical complex of seven buildings that were constructed from June 2003 to March 2004 at a cost of S$500 million. They are namely: Nanos, Genome, Helios, Chromos, Proteos, Matrix and Centros. Several government agencies, publicly funded research institutes and research labs of pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies are located there.

Phase Two[edit]

Biopolis Phase Two was completed in October 2006, comprising two blocks, named Neuros and Immunos, which will house research on neuroscience and immunology respectively. The seven-storey 37,000 m² complex was designed and constructed over 18 months at a cost of S$70 million. The new addition increases the Biopolis research complex to a total of 222,000 m², or about half the size of Suntec City.[1][2]

Features[edit]

Amenities[edit]

For the general public, Biopolis has eight shops, four restaurants, four cafes, a 300-seater food court, a fast food restaurant, a pub and a childcare centre.

Function rooms[edit]

For its members, Biopolis has a 480-seater auditorium and four 250-seater lecture theaters. It also has 13 meeting rooms.

Accommodation[edit]

The Rochester is a major development in Vista Xchange at one-north. The mixed-use development comprises private residences, serviced apartments, hotel rooms, recreational and retail facilities.

one-north Residences is another completed residential project in one-north.

Biopolis arts programme[edit]

A piece of sculpture at Biopolis

An initiative of the one-north arts program, one-north Development Group (oDG) of JTC Corporation launched the first Biopolis Arts Program@one-north on 14 May 2002. oDG supports the nurturing of the local and overseas arts community, by way of co-developing and funding the art programs in one-north. All major developmental projects in one-north will be encouraged to contribute towards the funding of significant artwork in-situ.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Daryl Loo, "2 new Biopolis blocks to beef up research", The Straits Times, 31 October 2006
  2. ^ Tan Hui Leng, "Biopolis booster for local biomed scene", Today, 31 October 2006

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 1°18′09″N 103°47′30″E / 1.30250°N 103.79167°E / 1.30250; 103.79167