Dubai, June 9th, 2019
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) was commissioned to carry out the technical development and museographic implementation of the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, to convert it into a visitor experience that showcases the UAE’s historical and cultural heritage. A building named Qasr Al Watan, ‘Palace of the Nation’, has been allocated for this purpose in the Presidential Palace compound.
APD’s work has involved a total area of 12,000 m2. It focuses on adapting the Qasr Al Watan’s main halls for visitors, three of which have a museographic approach.
The work has included construction of four large six-metre cubes located in the main hall of the building, which offer different visions of the hall from their inside, as well as the graphic elements installation work, the audiovisual equipment, installation of the display cases and arrangement of the pieces of the collection. The exhibition provides visitors a range variety of historical documents, artefacts and rare manuscripts that highlight the Arab world’s contributions to various intellectual fields including science, arts, humanities and literature, as well as presidential gifts, among others.
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has also installed a raised platform for visitors to improve accessibility to Qasr Al Watan, as well as to ensure its preservation.
For this project, APD was faced with the challenge of making every element removable or mobile, including the six-metre cubes, for which APD created an “air flotation” system in order to move them without damaging the Palace’s marble floor.
APD used staging technology for the removable platforms, supplying lightweight aluminium structures that can be assembled and disassembled by hand, without the need for tools.
The company also created modular and removable designs for the other elements such as the display cases, structures for the projectors and the platforms, as well as the design of the storage cases in which all of the pieces will be stored.
Qasr Al Watan
The Presidential Palace has allocated a building in the palace compound, named Qasr Al Watan – or ‘Palace of the Nation’-, with three areas that are accessible to the public: the Visitor Centre; Qasr Al Watan Visitor Experience, produced by APD and other major partners and entities; and the Qasr Al Watan Library. Visitors also have the option to enjoy the gardens around the Palace and other facilities such as a cafe or restaurant.
Consolidated presence in the Middle East
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) has a solid presence in the sector for designing and producing museum projects in the Middle East, having undertaken major projects such as the museographic implementation of The Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi, which promotes the legacy of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Zayed; the National Museum of Oman or the Al-Shaheed Park Museums in Kuwait.
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño, founded in 1990, is currently the largest company in Europe specializing in the design and implementation of museums, exhibitions, events and multimedia shows. APD is committed to the concept of “Cultural Engineering”, which consists of using the most innovative experiential, participatory and interactive technologies as well as social innovation and sustainable development to place value on historical, artistic and cultural heritage.
ACCIONA is a group leader in sustainable infrastructure solutions and renewable energy projects around the world. Its offerings cover the entire value chain of design, construction, operations and maintenance. The company achieved sales of 7.254 billion euros in 2017, with a presence in more than 40 countries, developing its business activity under its commitment to contributing to the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates. ACCIONA’s objective is to lead the transition towards a low-carbon economy, for which it installs quality criteria and innovative processes in all its projects, aimed at optimizing the efficient use of resources and respect for the environment.
Source: Acciona Comunication deparment