Singapore Design Hub


Last year Singapore celebrated its 50th anniversary and the international design arena is looking at Singapore as the undisputed Asian Design hub. Smart Living went to discover what are the key factors of Singapore’s international success in Architecture and Design.


Singapore has faced different challenges since his independence: massive growth, unrelenting urbanisation, demographic changes followed by traffic congestion and significant climate changes. But the Lion City has succeeded in creating great urban environment with a right balance between the preservation of his heritage and his skyline evolution, becoming evengreener, smart and alluring.


Patina Hotel @ The Capitol

This has attracted increasing foreign investments, tourists and global workforce. The city has evolved from Asian mecca for arts and design, into a global city for architectural trends, where design innovation have driven the economic growth and enhanced the quality of life. Today Singapore has a big concentration of creative studios, museums, design and architectural firms. Art dealers and performing arts companies are also prevalent here.


Singapore seamlessly hosts historic buildings and inspiring contemporary landmarks. From the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum to the Learning Hub (The Hive) by Heatherwick Studio. From the Old Supreme Court Building to the Art Science Museum of Moshe Safdie. From the beautifully preserved colonial architecture of the Raffles Hotel, to the upcoming mixed-use developmen DUO designed by Ole Scheeren and the MarinaOne designed by Christoph Ingenhoven. Powerful icons and conduit of artistic and  creative energy.


The ArtScience Museum by Moshe Safdie © William Cho


DUO by Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS

The attention for the heritage, did made shine some ancient buildings, reinventing and reuse    them in new ways, such us the former Traffic  Police headquarters at Maxwell Road reused to host the Red Dot Design Museum. Or the iconic Capitol Theatre that will become one of South-east Asia’s largest single screen cinema, with approximately 800 seats, and will host an in-house theatre and dance productions, surrounded by a luxurious Residences, the six-star hotel The Patina and a premier lifestyle shopping and dining destination.

Red Dot Design Museum Singapore © Shenghung Lin

Red Dot Design Museum Singapore © Shenghung Lin

In Singapore, the inspiration hides around every corner, which fits with his reputation of Architecture and Design Hub.