ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño debuts in Kuwait with two museums on the history and nature of the country

February 25, 2016 | Museums

Remembrance Museum, together with the Habitat Museum are located in Kuwait’s Al Shaeed Park and have a total exhibition area in excess of 3,400 m². APD is responsible for their design development and museographic implementation.

On February 24th last, sawthe official visit of His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, to the Remembrance Museum in Kuwait’s Al Shaeed Park, in the light of the National Day of the Martyr’s families. 

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has carried out the design development and museographic implementation of the Remembrance and Habitat Museums, the company’s first project in Kuwait;the museums showcase the history of the country and its natural resources and ecosystems in a permanent exhibition with a total surface area of over 3,400 m². APD, based on the design by the US firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), has introduced technological innovations to these museums to create interactive and educational environments, dominated by cutting edge audio-visual resources such as large format screens, immersive audio-visual presentations and hyper-realist recreations.

The museums are located within the Al-Shaheed Park, a new natural leisure and cultural centre that is part of the “green belt” connecting old Kuwait City with the new areas of urban development. On February 24th last, His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, visited the Remembrance Museum, in the light of the National Day of the Martyr’s families.

 

A look at history

The Remembrance Museum has a permanent exhibition occupying approximately 900 m² and showcases the defining moments of Kuwait’s history. It pays tribute to the nation’s heroes and martyrs in an itinerary that covers the key battles that have shaped the country. To this end, ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has arranged four large-format interactive sculptures using different materials and audio-visual elements, symbolising the four most famous battles of the history of Kuwait. In the first one, a group of sailing ships represent the battle of Al-Riqqa. In the second, drops of water symbolise the important role played by rain in the battle of Al-Sireef. The third sculpture, the Red Fort, recreates the battle of Al-Jahra using a model of the castle as a pepper ghost. In the fourth and final element, flags of Kuwait’s allies represent the Invasion and Liberation of Kuwait. Visitors can listen to the stories of survivors, veterans, civilians and officers and contribute with their own experiences for future generations by recording their testimony at the “Story Booth” interactive kiosks.

One prominent cutting edge resource in the museum is the “Our Land Map”, a round interactive table with a 4-metre-diametre LED screen where visitors can interact with a map of the region using sensors with dates that are placed throughout its entire surface to reveal key battle locations. Another striking element is the “Our Identity Wall” audio-visual presentation, a wall of twenty four 32” screens showing archive footage and animated images that reflect the values of the people of Kuwait throughout history.

 

A look at nature

The Habitat Museum seeks to instil in visitors a respect for nature by presenting the wealth and diversity of Kuwaiti habitats through a large number of interactive programmes and scenographic recreations.

Upon entry, visitors receive a Seed Ticket (a ticket with an embedded seed from one of Kuwait’s most characteristic plants) with a chip that provides information on 18 different types of seeds and interacts with all of the multimedia elements in the museum, adapting and customising the visit to each individual.

Among the different resources employed there are some striking scenographic installations showing hyper-realist recreations of Kuwait’s fauna and flora complemented with interactive elements such as the “Migration Corridor”, where visitors use ‘view-scopes’ to contemplate birdlife in its natural habitat; “Landform Tables”, four interactive tables with a total surface of 48 m²; or the “Terraria Table”, perspex bubbles that recreate small ecosystems of Kuwait’s most important plants. Other audio-visual resources are the “Prologue” installation, a series of 14 towers with 74 vertical screens in cascade-mode simulating an audio-visual forest with synchronised scenes of Kuwait’s habitats; or the Forces Theatre, a 26-metre-long surrounding audio-visual projection with spectacular panoramic views filmed on location in the country’s natural environments.

 

A consolidated presence in the Middle East

In the last few years, ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has significantly increased its activity in the Middle East, with emblematic projects in Qatar and Oman. In Qatar, they include the recently opened Heritage Houses in Msheireb Downtown Doha and the work carried out at the Orientalist Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art, where the company has designed and implemented several exhibitions. In Oman, APD was selected by the government to carry out the exhibition fit-out works of the National Museum of Oman, ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño’s largest project in the Gulf region.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño, founded in 1992, specialises in the design and implementation of museums, exhibitions, events and shows for both public institutions and private companies. Its activity falls within the framework of the Cultural Engineering concept, that is to say, projects that promote cultural heritage through social and technological innovation and sustainable development. ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño is also the largest European company in the field of museums and exhibitions, with iconic projects such as the The House of European History in Brussels (Belgium). In addition, ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has vast experience in organising corporate and institutional events, designing and implementing stands, trade fairs and conferences, and creating theme-parks and themed shopping centres.