Singapore’s DECK makes room for more

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Launched in 2014, DECK is an independent art space that nurtures the community of photography enthusiasts in the South-East Asia region.

With its sleek hues and minimal design, this contemporary art space in Singapore is at once a platform for art and an object of art.

Singapore is a major hub for global commerce and, for the last decade, it has been one of the busiest container ports in the world. The common cargo container was an obvious choice in the design of DECK.

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DECK is made from 19 refurbished shipping containers which function as galleries, a resource library, an activity space, an artist studio, and a café.

Driven by the belief that photography is for all, DECK welcomes professionals and amateurs to come together, mingle and be inspired.

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In an effort to re-develop unused urban pockets of local land for the Arts, the team behind DECK settled on a narrow parcel of land in the city centre, nestled between two art institutions in the Bras Basah District: LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Art.

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Being a small island, Singapore does not have the luxury of wide, open spaces. More than five million people live in Singapore, crammed into an area of around 718 km2 – making it the third most densely populated country in the world.

The design of the space was a creative solution to the looming challenge of land scarcity in the area.