The building is the site of the surrender of the British forces to the Japanese during the last world war. It was gazetted as a National Monument in 2006. The challenge of this project was to deliver its completion within a very short 10 months. Shing Design Atelier designed the external landscape, as well as configured the interior spaces as a backdrop for the display consultant (Gallagher Associates Asia) to insert their exhibition design; an extensive role was also undertaken by SDA in the design of signage. Due to the requirements of the client for an AV screening room, new fire safety provisions had to be implemented with a new lift and external emergency escape staircase. Unfortunately, the exhibition opened to public controversy due to its name ‘Syonan Gallery’ which was later changed to ‘Former Ford Factory’.