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Ex-Traffic Police HQ to become design centre (Little Red Dot)
Major draw for Maxwell Rd building is museum to be set up by Germany's Red Dot


By ARTHUR SIM

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THE old Traffic Police Headquarters in Maxwell Road will be converted into a design centre, with its draw a museum by German design institution Red Dot. It is the second old building to get a new lease of life recently; last week, US-based Forever Living Products took over the old Thong Chai Medical Institution in Eu Tong Sen Street.



On the drawing board: A cluster of design consultancies and related firms capped by Red Dot's design museum will turn this into a design hub
Sources have revealed that Red Dot, which is likely to have Singapore business partners, is planning a design museum that will measure 17,000 sq ft. Also on the cards is a cluster of design consultancies and design-related firms that will turn the old 100,000 sq ft police HQ (which was decommissioned in 1999) into a design hub.

It is understood that the centre has the support of DesignSingapore Council which was set up in 2003 by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts to promote and develop design.

More details are expected by the end of the month.

The last time Singapore had anything close to a museum dedicated to design was in 1991 at the now defunct Design Centre located in a carpark building next to Capitol Building.

Before the old Traffic Police HQ becomes a museum, it will undergo extensive renovations. Sources say there may be as many as four new restaurants as well as some retail component.

There is no news on who will undertake the redesigning of the building but if Red Dot's museum in Germany is any thing to go by - it was designed by 'Norman' Foster - it could be a big-name architect.

Highly regarded in Singapore, Mr Foster designed the new Supreme Court building and is currently working on Pontiac Land's resort hotel in Sentosa called The Knolls. For Red Dot in Germany, he converted an old boiler house into a museum.

A design centre led by Red Dot in Singapore is significant. The institution organises an influential international design competition annually and for the first time in its 50-year history, part of it will be based in Singapore.

Getting a Red Dot Award is perceived as an endorsement of good design by manufacturers and designers and this in turn is used as a communications tool by them. Existing award winning products include Apple iPod, Lamborghini and various Sony VAIO notebooks.
 

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Charging Bull said:
There is no news on who will undertake the redesigning of the building but if Red Dot's museum in Germany is any thing to go by - it was designed by 'Norman' Foster - it could be a big-name architect.

Highly regarded in Singapore, Mr Foster designed the new Supreme Court building and is currently working on Pontiac Land's resort hotel in Sentosa called The Knolls. For Red Dot in Germany, he converted an old boiler house into a museum.
Hmmm... Sir Norman Foster again? Hopefully, he would design something nice... I like this old building very much.
 

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The issue is... is it commercially viable to spend lots of money to renovate the place and turn it into a design museum when there are already many museums in Singapore? Do you visit them at all? I remember seeing somewhere in other threads that the current Supreme Court will become another Arts Museum (I think).
 

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there aren't any really intersting museums like the tate, design museum (london), guggenheim, the louvre, blarblarblar. i dont think singapore has built a whole new bujilding to house a museum before. most other cities have, and they usually are very gorgeous.
 
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