ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño is responsible for the technical and museographic implementation of the main halls of Qasr Al Watan.
Visitors to the emblematic building will discover the historical and cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates, making it a permanent landmark and one of the country’s principal tourist attractions.
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 The exhibition provides visitors a range variety of historical documents, artefacts and rare manuscripts that highlight the Arab world’s contributions to various intellectual fields including science, arts, humanities and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.