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.
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
Monday – Sunday
9am to 9pm
111 Middle Road Singapore 188969
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.
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.
A local boutique brand that specialises in designing scarves and apparel inspired by Singapore's unique history and diverse cultural mix.
Classy boutique featuring traditional & unique jewelry, included rings, necklaces & bracelets.
#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.
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.
PSYKHE Pte Ltd
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.
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.
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
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.
A fusion of American and Japanese street food for a culinary experience that is both unique and unbelievably flavorful.