The successful marriage of eastern and western influences has lead to Singapore’s recent shortlist for the design of its new National Art Gallery, due for completion in 2011.

The public will now decide if the design by French Studio Milou Architecture’s Jean Francois, Taiwan’s Ho and Hou Studio Architects or Singapore’s own Chan Sau Yan Associates will take the final honour.

A final decision on who will design the building, budgeted at S$320m, will be made early next year.

The gallery will take the place of the former Singapore Supreme Court building and the City Hall and will become the nation’s main visual arts institution, displaying both south-east Asian and international art.

By staff writer