Qasr Al Muwaiji Museum: Reconstruction

Client – HQ Creative/TCA/Barker Langham

CGI Model – Grant Cox (Materials/Lighting/Rendering/Animation).

Software – 3DS Max/Vray/After Effects/Photoshop

Research – Specialist advice from Peter Sheehan

In November 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 Al Ain 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.

Since 2013, we have been creating content for the museum and were 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. Of the installation our work was specifically featured on, 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.”

A short clip of these in action (at 0:02 seconds) can be found at the start of the video in the right hand column of this page, or here. Below the video are a few samples of the work we contributed to the museum.