The new National Art Gallery of Singapore will be housed in two historically significant 20th century monuments situated in Singapore?s Civic District - the City Hall and the adjacent former Supreme Court building. As a showcase for new information and a platform for artistic expression, it will inspire and educate visitors from Singapore and around the world, contributing to the study and research of Southeast Asian art. The neo-classical facades of the existing buildings are left intact, and a new dynamic and fluid space is introduced centrally that connects through to the roof, so that the whole building can be experienced and understood on arrival.
The generously spaced entrance foyer opens onto the lecture theatre, cafe and bar at ground level. From here, visitors follow a gently sloping serpentine ramp that rises up through the fabric of the existing buildings, linking the galleries on upper floors and connecting old and new. Existing galleries are retained and renovated and open public areas transformed to house large works that can be displayed and viewed in radical and
The culmination of this promenade is a delicately draped canopy roof, spanning the full length of the building. This provides a dazzling rooftop landscape that is the emblem of the new gallery, where restaurants, sculpture courts and gardens provide both distant views and intimate spaces for contemplation. Fabricated from steel and glass, the roof will act as a reflective crystalline jewel during the day and an illuminated beacon at night.
Singapore Ministry of Information Communication
and Arts (MICA)