Singapore Science Center
Masterplan, exhibition design, and content development for the Centre’s life science and physical science halls, and its solar lobby — a total of 26,000 sf. including some 322 individual exhibits. The work was done as project director, working with a team of about five designers, at Herb Rosenthal and Associates, Los Angeles, California, and involved close coordination with Centre staff and several site visits. Project architect was Raymond Woo of Singapore. Singapore’s Health Minister, Toh Chin Chye, inspired support and served as the project’s chief administrator. Dr. Bhathal and science curator Chia Woon Kim were direct contacts who reviewed design and content.
Most exhibits were participatory or living, and dimensional — leading edge museum design for those years — very much encouraged by Minister Toh and the Centre’s project team. Nearly all involved with the project had post-graduate degrees in the sciences, making for a bold science-oriented experience in keeping with Singapore’s emerging technical economy. It was a joy to work with these people. Pam Rogow helped develop the project at Herb Rosenthal Assoc., and John Williams provided engineering expertise to create many hands-on science demos, eventually building some. Located on what was then Jurong Town Rd., the Centre opened on December 10, 1977.