Located on Level 3 and the mezzanine of the Supreme Court Wing, National Gallery Singapore’s Rotunda dome was renovated and converted into a Gallery Library & Archive to house the museum’s collection of 20,000 physical and digital items, in what is one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of archival and reference resources on 19th and 20th century Southeast Asian art.
The challenge for the design studio was to revive the Rotunda’s historical function, and create a space that is simultaneously contemporary and historical, harmonising new with old in a timeless and refined manner, with the gravitas and integrity deserving of its status.
The design was heavily influenced by a deep level of historical research, and in understanding the existing interior architecture of the Rotunda when it was originally designed. The inherent spatial hierarchy of the Rotunda influenced the new program layout of the Library & Archive, and kept the priority to retain the impressive view towards the inner dome of the library from all usable interior angles as best as possible.
Working with a combination of local and traditional international cabinet makers to fabricate joinery work with the best craftsmanship was of paramount importance to ensure pieces were built to last. Selected new furniture was designed and added, while original historical furniture was retained and carefully restored.
Brewin Design Office has partnered Phillips to design a dedicated area at the auction house’s 2019 Hong Kong Fall Sales Preview. As part of Phillips’ ongoing Pantone project, Brewin Design Office was given a designated space to curate a selection of furniture and artworks from the Day Sale, matching a specially designed space.
Pantone 405-C by Robert Cheng expresses the themes of continuity and symmetry: inspired by the unique proportions of the space. Mirrors are utilised to create the visual effect of an extended symmetrical room that aggrandises its actual length. Mirrors transform into portals, which lead into an enigmatic space beyond the reflective plane.
Complemented by a curated palette of warm greys, the design draws together the carefully selected works of art and design, visually accenting every piece. The simplicity and subtlety of the concept eschews the merely decorative and sheds light on the beauty of pure form, achieving a meditative quality which transcends visual rigidity.
The ‘Minimalism: Space. Light. Object’ exhibition is an art exhibition that brings together over 110 Minimalist art pieces across multiple time periods and countries, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
The exhibition space is crafted to not only frame the artwork on an individual level, but also to express a cohesive narrative that strings together the different artwork and facilitates the viewer’s learning journey. Taking precedence from the principles of Minimalist Art, gestures that are founded on on proportion and geometric logic characterise the design. A multitude of curated moments are interspersed along the galleries, echoing the messages and emotions that the artworks intend to convey.