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Project Experience

Singapore Art Museum


Lord Cultural Resources prepared the Functional Brief for the conversion of the historic St. Joseph’s Institution Building to serve as the Art Gallery of the National Museum of Singapore, known as the Singapore Art Museum. Our Functional Brief for the building detailed every functional requirement of each room in the renovation and expansion project. The Brief set new standards for preventive conservation in the tropics by detailing separate relative humidity and temperature levels for those areas where works of art from the temperate zone may be shown, and those areas where materials that originated in the tropics will be kept. The Singapore Art Museum officially opened to great acclaim in January 1996.

We are proud to congratulate the Singapore Art Museum both for winning an award for architectural heritage preservation from Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, and for its successful opening in October 1996 of Singapore’s first loan exhibition from a major temperate-zone museum: 65 works of art borrowed from New York’s Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition was the first time that works of such quality had been safely exhibited in the tropics. Our Brief and the architect’s outstanding design were successful in both preserving the heritage character of the building and in achieving environmental controls, security and other museum-quality conditions to a standard sufficient to satisfy the Guggenheim Conservator, who visited and approved the Museum for this important loan exhibition. Since then, the Museum has hosted major loan exhibitions from leading German and French museums. We join the Museum and the architect, Wong Hooe Wai of the Singapore Department of Public Works, in taking a bow.