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Singapore’s highest honour for designers and designs across all disciplines
One of Asia’s premier design festivals that champions design thought leadership
National Design Centre

Address
111 Middle Road
Singapore 188969

Opening hours
Everyday 9am to 9pm

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.

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

Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) (from 1 February 2022):

Visitors entering the NDC will have to be fully vaccinated as per prevailing VDS guidelines. Exemptions may be granted to:

  • Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days (bring along your hardcopy Memo of COVID-19 Infection & Recovery issued by MOH)
  • Medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination
  • Children aged 12 years and below

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 10 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 today to book a tour. Tours are currently open to group bookings only.

Events

Unseen Singapore – Our Past, Present and Future
Event | Exhibitions
8 Apr - 31 Oct 2022
10:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Good Design Research: KENOPY by Studio SKLIM
Event | Exhibitions
15 Jul - 10 Aug 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Introduction to Circularity
Event | Workshops
29 Sep 2022
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Class Acts
Event | Exhibitions
01 Jul - 31 Jan 2023
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Meta-current: Carving a space where sounds & ideas can thrive in circuitry
Event | Workshops
31 May 2022
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
2022 Golden Pin Design Award & Golden Pin Concept Design Award
Event | Awards
07 Apr - 22 Jun 2022
08 Apr - 07 Jul 2022
Good Design Research: We Are Able by Claudia Poh
Event | Exhibitions
15 Jun - 10 Jul 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Good Design Research: PALFCRAFT By NOST
Event | Exhibitions
15 May 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Webinar: Design Thinking for Product Innovation
Event | Workshops
13 May 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The State of Print
Event | Exhibitions
13 May - 31 Jul 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Good Design Research: Age Together by STUCK
Event | Exhibitions
15 Apr - 10 May 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Le Corbusier 101
Event | Exhibitions
14 Apr - 08 May 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
HEALTHCARE 2030: The Future of a Distributed System
Event | Exhibitions
08 Mar - 07 May 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Briefing Session: Good Design Research Grant (April 2022)
Event | Talks
04 May 2022
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
NDC April 2022
Event | Exhibitions
01 Apr - 30 Apr 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sustainability In Creative Industry
Event | Conferences
10 Nov - 11 Nov 2022
09:00 AM - 04:00 AM
Studio SML Sessions, Episode 4: A Match Made in Design
Event | Talks
19 Apr 2022
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Good Design Research: The Local Tree Project by Roger&Sons
Event | Exhibitions
15 Feb - 10 Apr 2022
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Venue Hire

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

Tenants

Design Studios and Offices

Tenants-A-D-Lab-Pte-Ltd
A D Lab Pte Ltd

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

www.a-dlab.com
Tenants-Binary-Style
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
Tenants-Carrie-K
Carrie K.

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

carriekrocks.com
Tenants-Fisherman-Integrated
Fisherman Integrated

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

fisherman.co
Tenants-GINLEE-Studio
GINLEE Studio

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

ginleestudio.com
Tenants-DesignSingapore
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
Tenants-Orcadesign
Orcadesign Consultants Pte Ltd

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

www.a-dlab.com
Tenants-Paperspace
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
Tenants-P!D
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
Tenants-Strate-School
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

Tenants-Tanuki-Raw
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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