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.


This repurposed, award-winning conserved building showcases design talents and contributes to developing the Singapore design brand.

It is also the home of the DesignSingapore Council, the national agency for design. Adding to the pulse of the city’s district of arts, culture, heritage, learning and entertainment, NDC is well placed in the Bras Basah-Bugis district to invite the public to learn about design through its programmes and exhibitions.


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 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

Please note that w.e.f. 19 August 2020, the National Design Centre will be reopened to the public. To help ease into the reopening, please note:


  • 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.

Upon arrival:

  • Use SafeEntry to check in to National Design Centre, and subsequently any specific units that you visit. You can do so via QR code using your mobile phone, or by presenting your NRIC/work permit/passport to our security officer on duty.
  • Have your temperature taken at the self-help stations. If you have a temperature above 38oC, you will be screened again. Should this persist, you will not be able to enter the building.
  • Please be informed that real-time building occupancy will be monitored to ensure that NDC will be within the allowable operating capacity.

Before leaving:

  • Check out using SafeEntry.

Visitor Info

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

Opening hours

Monday - Sunday
9am to 9pm


111 Middle Road Singapore 188969

October 2020 Events: Next Gen

Join the NDC Community! Call for Tenants at NDC

We have 3 available units. If you are keen to join us as tenants, please contact our managing agent at for more details or click here

Units Available:

  • #03-09 (33 sqm; Design/Innovation-related studio)*
  • #03-14 (44 sqm; Design/Innovation-related studio)*

*Closing date for application: 22 Oct 2020

  • #01-05 (214 sqm; F&B and retail)**

**Closing date for application: 2 Nov 2020

Guided tours

When: Monday & Thursday Admission: Free
Time: 10am & 2pm  

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 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.

4. Experience Makerspace@NDC by OneMaker Group

Learn more about prototyping, its processes, and what is in store for budding makers at the Makerspace@NDC.

5. Get busy with a hands-on activity by OneMaker Group

Conclude the tour on a high with a hands-on activity which will allow you to unlock your imagination and express your creativity.

Venue Hire

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





Design Studios and 

A D Lab Pte Ltd

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

Binary Style

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

Carrie K.

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



A transdisciplinary design firm with diverse skills and perspectives to deliver breakthrough customer experiences.

DesignSingapore Associates Network (DAN)

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.

Fisherman Integrated

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


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

Hans Tan Studio

The studio tiptoes on the boundaries between design, craft and art, while maintaining a keen focus on developing materials and processes.

Nipek Pte Ltd

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

Orcadesign Consultants Pte Ltd

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


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

P!D (Participate In Design)

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.

Strate School of Design

Level 2 #02-04
Strate School of Design is a French private institution for technical education founded in 1993.

UX Consulting

A user experience research and design firm, adopting user-centered design (UCD) approach to help clients enhance their digital presence.


Makerspace @ NDC by OneMaker Group

A nexus for designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and students to discover new dimensions of themselves through making.

Retail and F&B

Tanuki Raw

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

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