Fusionopolis

  • 120,000m2 complex, designed by late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.
  • 400,000 timber beads make up the theatre’s acoustic panels.
  • Spherical theatre with 8000-channel light show.


A landmark new tower complex is the launch pad for Singapore’s aspiration for global leadership of the digital media economy. Fusionopolis ‘fuses’ state of the art studios and business incubators with residential, recreational and retail facilities. The switching on of Fusionopolis’ decorative lighting has given Singapore’s urban nightscape new complexity, movement and colour.

Translucent blue towers rise 22-24 storeys, linked by sky bridges. Poised between the towers at five storeys is a striking sphere, like a silver balloon. Apparently lightly fixed, it seems to levitate. Inside this sphere is a flexible, exciting performance space, Genexis Theatre.

In order that the 'levitating' sphere could nest between the towers, the towers themselves had to rise high without the obstruction of ground columns at the lower levels. The solution adopted involved cantilever transfer trusses every seven floors, with perimeter 'belt' trusses at each of these transfer levels and columns connecting the floors, so eliminating the need for multiple columns below (a cantilever is a beam supported on only one end, and its use is an established technique in multi-storey buildings, as well as bridges).

The design and construction of Fusionopolis called on Arup’s consultants across a remarkable range of specialties, from steel design refinement, to fire engineering, lighting design, acoustics and theatre design.  

The project ran from 2004 through to 2008.

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  • The silver sphere of the Genexis theatre at Fusionopolis, Singapore.Open gallery

    Seeming to levitate between the two towers of Fusionopolis is an ovoid sphere containing the award-winning Genexis Theatre.

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    Watch: Designing performing arts spaces with Arup's SoundLab.