The iconic Red Dot Design Museum of Singapore will be relocating to Marina Bay by the end of the year. It is presently located at Maxwell Road in the famous Red Dot Traffic building, which is known for its conspicuous red colour.
As the lease of the museum ended in April this year, it will be moving to the Marina Bay City Gallery at 11 Marina Boulevard in the last quarter of 2017.
In a press release, the museum said, “Pursuing an exciting destination at Marina Bay, the Red Dot Design Museum will be the latest addition to the Bay as a design focal point, offering a world-class museum experience, interesting design content and exciting design events.”
The museum will work together with partners to host design-related exhibitions and expand its iconic MAAD, Market of Artists and Designers, which will be organised at Marina Bay.
The Red Dot Traffic building was built in 1928 and it used to house the Traffic Police Headquarters.
However, in 2005, Red Dot Design Museum — which was founded in Germany in 1955 and is known as the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design — established its second museum in Singapore at the site.
Since then, the museum has welcomed about 645,800 visitors and hosted more than 688 events over the last 12 years.
The Ministry of Law had announced early in the year that the building will be restored to the neutral, off-white colour that it had sported during the 1970s, when it was the Traffic Police’s headquarters, as part of an SGD25 million project to convert the building into an extension of the adjacent Maxwell Chambers.
The expansion will allow Maxwell Chambers — the world’s first integrated dispute resolution complex — to take on a soaring caseload and strengthen Singapore’s standing as a hub for international dispute resolution, the ministry said.