Singapore’s New National Gallery: Southeast Asian Art Museum

The National Gallery Singapore | Source: YouTube

Recently opened on the 24th of November, the National Gallery of Singapore, is the first of its scale and kind for the South-east Asian art in the region. But what makes it so iconic is not only its leading cultural inspiration, but the preservation of two key buildings in Singapore’s history; the former Supreme Court and the City Hall.

The duo have been combined by the architects in a unique roof and linkway design to bridge the buildings into one large form, creating a grand yet dramatic entrance; the tree-like canopy roof design compares directly to the trees in the city of Singapore.


The facade of the National Gallery Singapore | Source:


The entrance foyer of the Gallery

The restoration of these two historic buildings is priceless to the Singapore heritage. Take the big town hall in the City Hall, which became to be known as the surrender hall. The Japanese surrendered in that space, making it so important to preserve. Original finishings and ornaments are visually identified that the intent was to revitalise this invaluable structure. What the architect has achieved is unmeasurable, in particular how it has brought new contemporary use. This duality of conserving heritage, yet bringing new use to the building comes at great cost. But executed correctly, it is an intangible value of how heritage can be perceived and preserved.


The Rotunda at the Supreme Court Terrace



PS. There is an amazing view at the bars atop the new gallery and look out for these details that CNA has pointed out!

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