Red Dot Design Museum moving to Marina Bay

The Red Dot Design Museum will relocate from the Red Dot Traffic Building to the Marina Bay City Gallery in Marina Boulevard.
The Red Dot Design Museum will relocate from the Red Dot Traffic Building to the Marina Bay City Gallery in Marina Boulevard.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Singapore's Red Dot Design Museum will permanently relocate to the Marina Bay City Gallery, the museum said in a statement yesterday.

The new museum in Marina Boulevard will feature galleries that host year-round exhibitions of award-winning designs.

It will also collaborate with partners to host design-related exhibitions and expand its Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD) marketplace, which will be organised at Marina Bay.

The museum will release more details about its highlights later this year, spokesman Elvin Seah told The Straits Times. He added: "There is a smaller space inside the museum, but we're excited about the public spaces around it. We're hoping to hold more activities which will add to the vibrancy of the Marina Bay area."

The Red Dot Design Museum Singapore has welcomed some 646,000 visitors and held 700 events since it opened 12 years ago.

It has also hosted 12 international design award ceremonies and more than 5,000 international designers.

The museum originated from Germany, where the Red Dot Design Museum (formerly called the "Permanent Show of Elegant Industrial Products") was founded in 1955.

The museum in Germany is known for having the world's largest exhibition of contemporary design, with about 2,000 international design objects.

It opened its second Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore in 2005, at the former Traffic Police Headquarters building in Maxwell Road. The building was renamed the Red Dot Traffic Building that year.

The Singapore museum is its first and only in Asia. Red Dot Award: Design Concept, an international design competition, was introduced in 2005 at the museum.

Its current space at the Red Dot Traffic Building will make way for the Ministry of Law, which is expanding its adjacent Maxwell Chambers. The museum's lease ended at the end of April this year. Renovation works have started at the Marina Bay City Gallery, which is undergoing a six-month refurbishment.

DesignSingapore Council executive director Agnes Kwek said: "Over the last 12 years, the Red Dot Award: Design Concept and Red Dot Design Museum Singapore have continuously recognised and raised the value of design.

"The new location will inject greater life and vitality to the Marina Bay area, a very visible, high- profile part of the city."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2017, with the headline 'Red Dot Design Museum moving to Marina Bay'. Print Edition | Subscribe