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one-north
Subzone of Queenstown Planning Area
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese纬壹
 • PinyinWěi yī
 • Malaysatu-utara
 • Tamilஒன்-நார்த்
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From top to bottom: The Sandcrawler, Fusionopolis, headquarters of Shopee at the Singapore Science Park, The Star Vista
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one-north is located in Asia
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Coordinates: 1°17′57.6″N 103°47′13.4″E / 1.299333°N 103.787056°E / 1.299333; 103.787056
Country Singapore
RegionCentral Region
CDC
Town council
  • West Coast Town Council
Constituency
Government
 • MayorSouth West CDC
 • Members of ParliamentWest Coast GRC
Area
 • Total4.03 km2 (1.56 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total650
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
DemonymOfficial
  • one-north resident
Postal district
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One-north (stylized as one-north) is a subzone of Queenstown, Singapore, first developed by JTC Corporation as the country's research and development and high technology cluster. It was first conceptualised in 1991 as part of the National Technology Plan and officially launched on 4 December 2001 by then Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan Keng Yam.[2][3]

The precinct is split into 9 main developments: Biopolis, Fusionopolis, Mediapolis, Vista, LaunchPad @ one-north, Nepal Hill, Rochester Park, Wessex, and Pixel.[4] Many parts of one-north was designed and master planned by Zaha Hadid Architects. It's located near educational and research institutes such as National University of Singapore (NUS), INSEAD, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and the Singapore Science Parks. In 2012, ESSEC Business School set up its Asian campus in one-north, for a total investment of S$40 million.[5] The district also has easy accessibility to various social and recreational facilities due to its close proximity to the city-centre.

Besides being a "science hub" as it was first described, the government's aim for one-north is to create a community whereby Singaporeans can gather to live, work and relax together.[6] As such, one-north was not envisioned as being strictly a public sector project, but also one whereby private sectors may also contribute to provide the social and recreational amenities for the people working and living there. Today, one-north serves as a local, regional and global centre for high technology and high-tech innovation. Many high-tech companies and multinational companies were established across the subzone, such as Google, where it serves as its Asia-Pacific headquarters.[7] The headquarters of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Grab, Razer and Shopee are also located at one-north.

Etymology[edit]

The significance of the name one-north is from the fact that Singapore is located one-degree to the north of the equator.

As part of the survey, the one-north MRT station was initially named 'Portsdown'. The options had involved 'one-north', 'Portsdown' and 'Ayer Rajah'. In the end, one-north was selected in January 2006. Construction began on 12 March that year. The station was opened on 8 October 2011, along with Stages 4 and 5 of the Circle Line.

Biopolis[edit]

one-north MRT station, located close to Fusionopolis

Biopolis is a biomedical R&D hub at one-north. It houses public research institutes and private research organisations.

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.

In May 2021, Wilmar International relocated its global headquarters to the Biopolis precinct.[8]

Fusionopolis[edit]

Occupying 30 hectares of land within one-north, Fusionopolis is envisioned to be an R&D hub for infocomm technology, media, physical sciences and engineering industries.

It houses various research organizations, high-tech companies, government agencies, retail outlets, and serviced apartments in one location. It is served by the one-north MRT station connected to the basement of the building.

On 26 October 2021, Razer officially opened its Southeast Asia headquarters in one-north. Aside from its offices, the seven-storey headquarters also houses the first RazerStore and RazerCafe in Singapore where visitors are able to view the company's latest products and order a drink prepared by a robotic barista arm.[9][10]

Mediapolis[edit]

A 19-hectare hub created for the infocomm, media, physical sciences and engineering sectors, Mediapolis plays a vital role in Singapore's infocomm and media ecosystem.[11] When fully completed, the hub will house a media ecosystem housing soundstages with green screen capabilities, digital production and broadcasting facilities, facilities for interactive digital media and R&D activities, facilities for computer-generated imagery and visual effects, post-production facilities, games and animation facilities, digital media schools, business parks, work lofts and incubators, and intellectual property creation and digital rights management.[12]

Opened on 15 January 2014, Infinite Studios is a 1.2-hectare soundstage facility and is Singapore's first such facility.[12][13]

On 8 December 2015,[14] Mediacorp moved from the old Mediacorp Caldecott Broadcasting Centre to the new 800,000 square feet 12-storey Mediacorp Campus, which is branded as an architectural landmark in Mediapolis.[15]

In the heart of Mediapolis, ALICE@MEDIAPOLIS is a business park created for startups and as a base for established organisations. It offers startup spaces, shared media facilities, flexible work-live-play-learn spaces, a childcare centre, and retail outlets.[16] The Deliveroo Food Market is also housed in the building, featuring 10 kitchens and a 40-seat dining space, all based on a fully automated ordering system.[17]

On 11 August 2022, Grab officially opened its 9-storey headquarters located across Mediapolis. With an area of more than 42,000 square metres, the new Grab HQ houses approximately 3,000 employees, an R&D centre, and the first GrabMerchant centre.[18][19]

Vista[edit]

As the corporate and business support cluster of the one-north precinct, Vista houses high-rise offices, business hotels, retail-cum-entertainment centres, and residential developments. It is close to the Buona Vista MRT Station.[20]

Metropolis[edit]

Completed in the third quarter of 2013, Metropolis is a pair of Grade A office towers (23 storeys and 21 storeys), offering a total of 110,000 square metres of office space. It currently houses multinational corporations such as Shell and P&G.[21][22]

The Star[edit]

The Star is a 15-storey mixed use complex integrating a shopping mall, The Star Vista, and a performing arts centre known as The Star Performing Arts Centre and.[23] It is located near Buona Vista MRT station on the East West Line.

The Star Vista is a shopping mall occupying the bottom six floors of The Star, four of which are basement levels (1 floor of retail and 3 floors of car parks). The mall is developed by CapitaLand Malls.[24] In November 2019, New Creation Church paid S$296 million to acquire the mall after it heard that CapitaLand was in talks with buyers for a potential sale. The church said that the acquisition was made "to protect the interest of the church" because another buyer could have been less supportive of the church's use of the property for religious purposes.[25]

Star Performing Arts Centre

The Star Performing Arts Centre, also known as The Star PAC, is a 38,000 square-metre performing arts center located in the top nine floors of The Star (levels 3 to 11). It was completed in October 2012 and officially opened on 1 November 2012, with an inaugural concert by David Foster.[26] It is designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas Architects,[27] and is owned by the business arm of New Creation Church,[23] which makes this their main worship venue.

The Star PAC is a 5,142-seat performance venue. Aside from the main indoor concert hall, it also features a 770-seat function hall, an outdoor 300-seat amphitheatre, multipurpose rooms and a roof-top reception area.[28]

GSK Asia House[edit]

Housing the regional headquarters for GlaxoSmithKline's Pharmaceutical, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare businesses in the Asia region, GSK Asia House is a 14,000 square metre, 8-storey building, that has a capacity of up to 1,000 employees.[22][46]

Ministry of Education (MOE) Headquarters[edit]

The headquarters of the Ministry of Education (MOE) is located in this area, adjacent to the Metropolis.[22]

JTC LaunchPad @ one-north[edit]

BLOCK71 Singapore, a decades-old flatted factory within Ayer Rajah Industrial Estate, was repurposed in 2010 by the Media Development Authority to be part of one-north. Externally, as the oldest building in one-north, it lacks architectural consistency with the rest of the development. Internally, however, it is one of Singapore's high-tech hubs, with dozens of digital startups and VC funds sited directly across the street from Fusionopolis and the one-north MRT Station.

In March 2014, its landlord that the cluster of flatted factories would be expanded to JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, a start-up cluster[47] also comprising Block 79 (previously the JVC building) and Block 73 (new modular temporary construction).

The start-up cluster hosts the Action Community for Entrepreneurship's International Centre (ACEIC) which helps Singapore start-ups expand overseas by providing resources, advice and access to new networks and markets.[48]

Nepal Hill[edit]

Envisioned as a global centre for leadership training and talent development, Nepal Hill will house business schools, corporate universities, and professional service companies.[49] Other than colonial bungalows, the area currently comprises ESSEC Business School and Unilever Four Acres Campus.[50][51]

On 11 April 2022, The Ascott Limited officially opened the 324-unit lyf one-north Singapore. Split across two buildings, the property comprises a hotel, serviced residences, and co-living services. Featuring a seven-storey mural art on one of its external walls, lyf one-north Singapore houses the tallest art wall in Singapore.[52]

Rochester Park[edit]

Aerial perspective of Rochester Park Singapore

Launched in early 2006, Rochester Park, a part of one-north, is a heritage site located off North Buona Vista Road, featuring several double-storey black-and-white colonial bungalows, a symbol of Singapore's colonial past.

The estate has a long history with the 40 black-and-white bungalows built in the 1940s to accommodate British military soldiers stationed at Pasir Panjang Military Complex and their families.[53] After the British military pulled out of Singapore in late 1971, the bungalows were handed over to the Singapore government who rented them out mainly to non-Singaporeans.[53]

Rochester Mall[edit]

To provide cultural and recreational facilities for the people in one-north in the present day, Rochester Park has been revitalised into a dining and lifestyle retail hub known as the Rochester Mall.[54] The old black-and-white colonial bungalows in Rochester Park have been preserved under the Urban Redevelopment Authority's conservation guidelines and are now leased to over 30 food and beverage and lifestyle retail tenants.

Rochester Commons[edit]

Rochester Commons is a 17-storey mixed-use tower housing a 5,000 square metre shared executive learning centre, a 135-room business hotel named Citadines, offices, a sky garden, and an amenities deck. The development is connected with the surrounding greenery and 12 heritage bungalows, with 5 bungalows having been restored and repurposed as F&B and retail establishments, by a 'Knowledge Trail' on an elevated pedestrian deck.[55]

Rochester Park 11[edit]

Rochester Park 11 has 11 colonial bungalows turned into a dining and lifestyle retail hub consisting of restaurants, galleries, and spas.[56] Nine units are taken up by restaurants and bars and a holistic healthcare centre.

Rochester Park 20[edit]

Rochester Park 20 is still in the midst of development but has set aside 20 of the colonial bungalows to become a serviced villa resort with retail facilities.[57]

Wessex[edit]

A large area off Portsdown Road, Wessex is a dominantly residential area within one-north. Built in the 1940s, the colonial style residential estate comprises 26 blocks of walk-up apartments and 58 semi-detached houses. People working in the one-north region are given priority for residences in the estate.[58]

An international school known as Tanglin Trust School, is located in the area.[22]

Pixel[edit]

A 5,000 square metre facility, Pixel primarily caters to the digital media sector, serving as a resource centre and focal point for content creators, owners, and game developers, to foster cross-sector collaborations in content creation, delivery, and communication.[59][22]

Parks[edit]

one-north Park[edit]

one-north Park is a community park that is situated in the northern zone of one-north, near the Ministry of Education (MOE) at Buona Vista.[60]

The last phase of development was completed in 2017.[61]

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