National Design Centre

The National Design Centre is the nexus for design. Designers,
businesses, students and the public meet here to exchange ideas, use
the amenities and attend design-focused exhibitions and programmes.

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The National Design Centre's vision is to become a world-class Design Centre and key Design Resource Hub that facilitates capability building, collaborations and marketing of designers and businesses. ​ ​

Centrally located in Bras Basah.Bugis, Singapore’s arts, heritage and design precinct, it is also home to the DesignSingapore Council, the national agency for design.​ ​

The repurposed, award-winning conserved building is as much an emblem for outstanding Singaporean design and architecture, as it is a thriving venue for visitors to attend design-focused showcases and programmes. NDC adds to the pulse of the city’s district of arts, culture, design, heritage, learning and entertainment.

History

The building was previously home to the St Anthony’s Convent (1879-1994), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (1995-2004) and Chinese Opera Institute (1995-2009). In 2011, a multi-disciplinary team led by SCDA Architects was appointed to develop and implement a design proposal for NDC.

New building

Today, NDC’s development comprises the restoration and adaptive reuse of the existing buildings at 111 Middle Road. It consists of three pre-war art deco blocks and one post-war modern block which have been gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Parking

Parking is available at the following car parks near the centre:

  • Queen Street: Public and HDB car parks

  • Middle Road: InterContinental Singapore Hotel and Bugis Junction car park

  • Victoria Street: National Library Building and Bugis+ car park

Precautionary Measures when visiting NDC

Pre-visit:

  • Wear your mask. Children 12 years and below who find it hard to wear masks, or persons with health conditions causing medical difficulties when masks are worn, may wear face shields instead.

  • Keep your group size to no more than 5 people.

  • Checking in via TraceTogether is compulsory and visitors are reminded to bring their tokens or keep their apps running throughout their visit.

  • If you are feeling unwell or experiencing fever, please refrain from making a trip to NDC.

Upon arrival:

  • Check-in to the National Design Centre must be done using TraceTogether, either via the app or the token. This also applies to any other specific units that you visit within the building.

  • Please be informed that real-time building occupancy will be monitored to ensure that NDC is operating within permissible capacity.

Before leaving:

  • Check out using TraceTogether.

Visitor Info

Explore design in Singapore and the wider world through curated exhibitions, programmes and retail experiences.

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday
9am to 9pm

Address

111 Middle Road Singapore 188969


Guided Tours

Guided tours are available through advanced and confirmed bookings. As part of the tour, you will:

1. Tour NDC

Uncover the history and heritage of the conserved building, what it stands for today, the community that lives here, and the various programmes that take place in the space.

2. Visit the Fifty Years of Singapore Design Exhibition

Witness how design has evolved from the 1960s and contributed to Singapore's economy and development.

3. Walk through design event and exhibition showcases

Immerse yourself in the many design events and exhibitions presented throughout the year.

Write in to ndctours@indiesingapore.com to book a tour in advance from Feb 2022 onwards!


Events

Venue Hire

Looking for space to host your event? 
The National Design Centre has a wide variety of spaces to suit your needs.

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Tenants


Design Studios and 
Offices

A D Lab Pte Ltd

#03-03 
A research-based architectural firm focusing on cutting edge residential projects.

www.a-dlab.com

Binary Style

#03-07
A local boutique brand that specialises in designing scarves and apparel inspired by Singapore's unique history and diverse cultural mix.

binarystyle.co

Carrie K.

#02-02
Classy boutique featuring traditional & unique jewelry, included rings, necklaces & bracelets.

carriekrocks.com

 

Deloitte Center for the Edge

#03-06
At the Deloitte Center for the Edge Asia Pacific, we explore, frame and develop perspectives on how the world is shifting in fundamental ways, and how to address those shifts. That often involves researching and embedding themselves in relevant ‘edges’ and framing that for ourselves and our clients.

www.deloitte.com/centerforedge

DesignSingapore Associates Network (DAN)

#05-04
The DesignSingapore Scholars engages the community through design initiatives and fosters collaboration within the design community.

DesignSingapore Council

#04-01 / #04-02
The national agency for design on a mission to champion the use of design to grow businesses, spur innovation and improve lives.

www.designsingapore.org

Fisherman Integrated

#03-10
An advertising agency specialising in content creation, web and digital design, branded entertainment and other digital solutions.

fisherman.co

GINLEE Studio

#03-05
An independent fashion house for womenswear established in 2011 in Israel by Singaporean designer Gin Lee.

ginleestudio.com

Nipek Pte Ltd

#03-13
An architectural lighting design studio that collaborates with creative architects and designers to achieve a seamless integration of light and space.

www.nipek.jp

Orcadesign Consultants Pte Ltd

#03-08
A forward-thinking innovation and strategy consultancy firm advocating a human-centred and dynamic approach towards innovation.

www.orcadesign.net

Paperspace

#03-01
A multi-disciplinary design collective aiming to push boundaries and seek innovative and collaborative ways of working to achieve design excellence.

Paperspace.asia

P!D (Participate In Design)

#03-09
P!D is a registered non-profit design, planning and educational organisation that helps neighbourhoods and public institutions in Singapore design community-owned spaces and solutions.

www.participateindesign.org

Strate School of Design

#02-04
Strate School of Design is a French private institution for technical education founded in 1993.

Strate.education


Retail and F&B

Tanuki Raw

#01-05
A fusion of American and Japanese street food for a culinary experience that is both unique and unbelievably flavorful.

tanukiraw.com

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