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Singapore-based design studio SCDA Architects will helm the $90-million makeover of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) buildings, the museum mentioned in a press release.

The museum of up to date South-east Asian Art has not been upgraded because it opened in January 1996. This revamp will join its two separate buildings with a hyperlink bridge, enhance accessibility for viewers with particular wants and allow the premises to accommodate large-scale installations. It is slated to complete in 2021.

The major SAM constructing is the previous St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) in Bras Basah Road, a gazetted National Monument. This has been closed to the general public since April final 12 months, however programmes proceed on the museum’s second web site, SAM at 8Q, the previous Catholic High School in Queen Street.

From January subsequent 12 months, SAM programmes will likely be held in different museums, establishments and neighborhood areas. The museum’s revamp was introduced in April final 12 months. An open tender for the mission was known as from final September to December, with SCDA Architects successful the bid.

The agency, helmed by architect Chan Soo Khian, has obtained quite a few worldwide awards for its work. In 2016, it obtained the President’s Design Awards for the National Design Centre in Middle Road and the Build-To-Order Housing Board mission, [email protected] The latter additionally received the Royal Institute of British Architects Award for International Excellence.


  • WHERE: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road

    WHEN: Tomorrow to Sunday and April 12 to 15, 7.30 and 9.30pm

    ADMISSION: $35 from


    WHERE: Various areas inside the SAM-SJI constructing compound in Bras Basah Road

    WHEN: Tomorrow to Sunday, Wednesday to April 15 and April 18 to 22, 10am to 5pm


    INFO: There may also be structure and archaeology guided excursions, plus specialist talks, this month. For particulars, go to

The Government will fund as much as $80 million of the SAM revamp, with the museum elevating the remaining.

As a part of the Singapore Heritage Festival this month, members of the general public can join free each day excursions of the primary SAM constructing, which dates to 1855.

There may also be immersive theatrical experiences carried out within the construction and viewers can sit in on archaeology digs across the premises, carried out by the Archaeology Unit of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

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