Earlier this month (Nov 2015), the reconstructed Qasr Al Muwaiji fort, showcased an elegant museum opened to public viewing. Built in the early years of the 20th century in the time of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa the First by his son Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Khalifa, the fort was passed to his son Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa after his death and today stands as one of the UAE’s most important buildings. Housing an iconic glass exhibition within its courtyard, the museum is a testament to both the archaeology of the fort itself, the local area that forms part of the wider Al Ain World Heritage site and the life and history of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa.
Over the past two years, Grant Cox of ArtasMedia has been creating content for the museum and was honoured to reconstruct both the historical and contemporary archaeological elements of the exhibition through collaboration with Peter Sheehan, TCA’s head of historic buildings and landscapes, Barker Langham, HQCreative and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.
Example of a reconstruction showing the third phase in the Fort’s lifespan c.1946-1966 from the exhibition
In October 2015, he was also part of the Action Impact team as a consulting 3D visualiser to aid with the planning of the various opening ceremonies that took place throughout November 2015.
Initially contracted to create a series of period based reconstructions for the internal interactive touch screen displays, he also delivered content for both the interior trench plan, local landscape animations and created printable assembly models for the public day workshops.
Product render showcasing the public day paper model
Speaking on the finished displays, The National cites: “Most impressive is a six-paneled “interactive table” display that allows visitors to explore the history of Qasr Al Muwaiji, and the landscape and features that were responsible for winning Al Ain its inclusion as a Unesco World Heritage site.”
If you are visiting the UAE/Al Ain, please consider visiting the site, as it is a wonderful building with a rich history, beautiful local landscapes and an exhibition hall that is a truly stunning piece of architecture that ‘floats’ above the archaeological content that lies beneath it.
Below are a few videos showing the Fort and its museum, the first of which gives a very quick glimpse of the touch screen displays and content we contributed on. Keep following us in the coming weeks, as we update our site in more depth with our involvement in the exhibition and its opening. For more information on the site itself, please visit http://qasralmuwaiji.ae/en