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

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.


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
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

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.

Tours are currently open to group bookings only and will need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance of the requested tour date.

Make a booking request for a guided tour, for your corporate or school visit.
Prior bookings are required for guided tours. Fees for group tours are $150 per guide, with a maximum of 20 people to a guide. Requests for tours are subject to the availability of guides.


Event | Talks
20 Nov 2022
3.00pm - 4.30pm
Event | Talks
19 Nov 2022
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Event | Awards
03 Oct - 25 Nov 2022
12.00am - 5.00pm
Event | Exhibitions
19 Oct - 2 Nov 2022
10.00am - 6.00pm
Event | Exhibitions
11 Oct - 30 Oct 2022
11.00am - 7.00pm daily
Event | Workshops
04 Nov 2022
12.00pm - 1.00pm
Event | Exhibitions
16 Sep - 16 Nov 2022
10.00am - 7.00pm
Event | Exhibitions
16 Sep - 25 Dec 2022
9.00am - 9.00pm daily
SDW22 is Back
Event | Festival
16 Sep - 25 Sep 2022
12.00am - 12.00am
Event | Tours
14 Jan 2023
18 Feb 2023
25 Mar 2023
15 Apr 2023
20 May 2023

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Event | Tours
Private Tour - Available Upon Request
Event | Exhibitions
17 Sep – 2 Nov 2022
10:00 AM – 5:45 PM Daily (Till 10:00 PM on Fridays)
Sustainability in Food Innovation
Event | Exhibitions
20 October 2022
2.30PM - 6.00PM
Event | Exhibitions
1 Jun 2022 - 30 Jun 2023
Thursday - Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Close for lunch, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Event | Talks
24 Aug 2022
5.00pm - 6.30pm

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 Offices

A D Lab Pte Ltd

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.
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.

#03-05 and #03-15
An independent fashion house for womenswear established in 2011 in Israel by Singaporean designer Gin Lee.
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.
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A strategic research, design and innovation consultancy that helps organisations in Asia grow through human-centric design.
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.
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SCKD Pte Ltd

SCKD is the acronym for Sky Creation Keat Design and was founded by 2 of the industry’s most respected figures, Dr. Sky Tan and Prof. Keat Ong. Both veterans brought a complete solution for the built environment industry with highly specialized teams handling the sophisticated processes from design, project management, and construction to styling. Headquartered in Singapore, SCKD has a vast network in Asia with offices in Malaysia and China.
Strate School of Design

Strate School of Design is a French private institution for technical education founded in 1993.
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University of the Arts Singapore

Singapore’s first and only arts university, founded on an alliance of LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Retail and F&B

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Stratos Rooftop Bar

Stratos Rooftop Bar is a sanctuary beneath the stars. We specialise in cocktails and fresh seafood with a great view from the 5th floor. Happy Hours from 5-8pm.
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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