Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Singapore National Art Gallery

Smart Design Studio was top-5 shortlisted from a field of over 100 international submissions to design the new National Gallery of Singapore. A further Stage 2 submission was presented in Singapore. The idea is to unite two existing heritage ‘monument’ buildings (Singapore’s former City Hall and Supreme Court) with a new glass canopy – the ‘Light Gallery’ – supported on orchid-inspired structures.


The seven international jurors praised the submission by SDS, stating: “The scheme shows sensitivity in the adaptive reuse of the buildings. There is an inherent understanding of the constraints of existing spaces and the designer has proposed imaginative uses for spaces that need to be retained…The architect has worked within the constraints and yet has been able to create an effective and elegant scheme.”


The design combines a well-developed spatial and materials concept for the new gallery with in-depth considerations of public amenity, integration with existing heritage spaces and fabric and a dynamic and multi-experiential public domain. Designed 2007.


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