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5 companies short-listed to design National Art Gallery

By Valarie Tan, Channel NewsAsia
14 May 2007 1736 hrs

SINGAPORE: Five companies have been short-listed to design Singapore's National Art Gallery.

They include two from Singapore and one each from Taiwan, Australia and France.

The two local companies are Chan Sau Yen Associates in collaboration with Lekker Design and DP Architects.

The others are Ho + Hou Studio Architects from Taiwan, Smart Design Studio from Australia and Studio Milou Architecture from France.

They have been chosen from over 100 entries from 29 countries that were submitted earlier to an international jury panel, led by Ambassador-At-Large Professor Tommy Koh.

The teams will have till August to develop their initial concepts into full-fledged designs.

A public exhibition will also be held later to display their final design concept.

The National Art Gallery is Singapore's latest visual arts institution to promote the display and study of Southeast Asian art.

It will occupy the former Supreme Court Building at City Hall and is expected to be open in 2012.