The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

Building design

The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) is housed in a state-of-the-art building, reflecting the innovative and dynamic activities that are carried out there.

The building meets high environmental standards through a combination of the choice and recycling of materials used, energy efficiency, use of water and greenery.  

The Complex is six storeys high, comprising offices, training rooms and meeting rooms. A light and airy entrance leads to a semi-public zone with a conference room, an event/showcase/exhibition area and a cafeteria. The façade isa silver-blue metallic colour, part opaque and part glass, to ensure as much daylight enters the building as possible, while limiting its impact on computer screens.

Since Singapore has a tropical climate all year round, air conditioning is the major consumer of energy. The building uses sustainable and renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, a “trickle” ventilation system that provides an even air flow, and efficient window glazing combined with shades that come down at the peak of the day. Vegetation on and around the building provides a natural and pleasant environment.


June 2010: Singapore, a well-connected international hub, is chosen by the Executive Committee as the location for the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).

June 2010: The INTERPOL Executive Committee endorses the proposal to establish the IGCI in Singapore for submission to the General Assembly.

October 2010: The IGCI Working Group is established to advance the project and facilitate communication and consultation with member countries.

November 2010: Delegations of the 79th session of the INTERPOL General Assembly unanimously endorse the establishment of the IGCI.

November 2010: INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble (centre left), and Singapore Minister for Home Affairs and for Law, The Hon. Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam (centre right), sign a Headquarters Agreement, in the presence of INTERPOL President, Khoo Boon Hui, and Commissioner of Singapore Police, Ng Joo Hee (far left and far right respectively). 

February 2011: The groundbreaking ceremony for the IGCI is attended by INTERPOL President, Khoo Boon Hui, INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, Singapore Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K. Shanmugam, and Commissioner of Singapore Police, Ng Joo Hee.

April 2011: The IGCI’s architects were selected and its distinctive exterior building design approved.

April 2012: Mr Noboru Nakatani of Japan is selected as the IGCI’s first Executive Director.

November 2012: IMPACT and INTERPOL sign a Cooperation Agreement aimed at exchanging information, expertise and cybersecurity knowledge. IMPACT is the cyber-security executing arm of the United Nations specialized agency – The International Telecommunications Union.

December 2012: INTERPOL and Japan’s NEC Corporation sign a partnership agreement to enhance cybersecurity. 

September 2013: The “topping-out” ceremony marked a milestone in the construction process, as the highest point of the building structure was put in place.

September 2014: In a symbolic handover ceremony, the Singaporean government gave INTERPOL the keys to the IGCI building.

April 2015: The IGCI is officially inaugurated. The opening ceremony was preceded by a ministerial meeting on global law enforcement efforts against cybercrime. 

Overview: INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

Anselm Lopez, Director of Capability Development and International Partnerships

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