National Gallery Singapore

Museum Library / 300 sqm / 2019

Brewin Design Office was briefed to renovate and convert the National Gallery Singapore’s Rotunda dome into a gallery library and archives to house the museum’s collection of 20,000 physical and digital resources – one of the world’s most comprehensive – on 19th- and 20th-century Southeast Asian art. The challenge was to revive the Rotunda’s historical function, and create a space that is simultaneously contemporary and historical, all without disrupting the sightline of visitors into the impressive inner dome. The joinery work was fabricated by both local and international cabinet makers, alongside bespoke and carefully restored historical furniture.