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Singapore's cultural institution

beautiful, brand new reimagined spaces provide an opportunity for visitors to explore and be inspired by the multifaceted connections between Asian cultures.

ClickNetherfield is proud to have been selected to deliver the display cases for phase one and phase two of the Asian Civilisations Museum revamp project in Singapore.

One of Singapore's leading national institutions, the Asian Civilisations Museum reflects the diverse heritage of Singapore's people as well as mapping the development of the wider heritage of Asia's cultures. Split across two phases, the renovation of the Asian Civilisations Museum was planned to mark the 50th Anniversary of Singapore's independence. Following the sad passing of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kwan Yew in March 2015, the planned redevelopment assumed an additional degree of national significance.

The new architectural wings of the museum itself parallel Singapore's own urban landscape - a mixture of the old and the new; the colonial and the contemporary. ClickNetherfield worked closely with Freeman Ryan Exhibition Design and FARM Design as well the museum's in-house team to take the project from concept to detailed design for a range of bespoke and unique cases. The use of specialist low reflective glass in the cases resulted in stunning modern galleries. Phase One, which opened on November 14th 2015, focused on two galleries, both of which were housed in the spectacular new wings, created by Signapore's GreenHillLi Architects. Chia Shao Xiong, Asia Civilisations Museum Curatorial Manager elaborates on some of the project details; "The project with ClickNetherfield consisted of 105 specially designed showcases for four of the new redeveloped permanent galleries. We had a short timescale in which to deliver this project and worked closely with ClickNetherfield to facilitate the air freight shipment to the early galleries. From appointment to completion, the project took around 8 months."

"Our exhibition designers worked closely with ClickNetherfield's designers to ensure a seamless design process for this significant project. This enabled us to successfully complete the project in such a short period of time." "There were a variety of showcases some standalone and some built-in and there are a number of artefacts in the museum that required a very low and exacting AER (air exchange rate) because of their sensitivities to humidity." "We think that the showcases are absolutely beautiful and very professionally installed."

Now through the reorientation of the museum towards the Singapore River there is more of a seamless connection with the city's nautical heritage. The new riverfront entrance and many new public spaces that open onto the river befits the long heritage of the Singapore River as the artery of trade and the first stop for many peoples, cultures and religions that came to Singapore.

Within the building itself, beautiful brand new reimagined spaces provide an opportunity for visitors to explore and be inspired by the multifaceted connections between Asian cultures. In particular, the revamp offers a fresh view on the museum's content by showing the richness and diversity of cultures in Singapore and Asia, highlighting a nation that has never been static and that is constantly evolving.

Strategically positioned at the new Riverside entrance, the Khoo Tek Puat Gallery houses the famous Tang Shipwreck Cargo collection - a virtual time capsule of treasures from 9th century China. It's story reflects the exchange of goods, ideas and culture in the region around Singapore more than 1100 years ago.

Moving to the second floor, entitled the 'Scholar in Chinese Culture', the focus for display is on objects associated with revered Chinese scholars, the courts of emperors and merchants who sought to emulate them.

The clean and simple design of ClickNetherfield's cases fully direct attention to the objects in our galleries without distraction. They beautifully match the pure lines of the new buildings, and take full advantage of the natural light.

Alan Chong, ACM Director

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What's Inside

famous Tang Shipwreck Cargo collection - a virtual time capsule of treasures from 9th century China. It's story reflects the exchange of goods, ideas and culture in the region around Singapore more than 1100 years ago

Museum

Asian Civilisations Museum

Date

March 2016

Designer

freeman ryan exhibition design & FARM design

Cases Used

variety of stand alone and wall mounted cases all with strict ARE requirements