Qatar National Museum
Integration of audiovisual furnishings (projected 3,700 m2)
The National Museum of Qatar covers some 40,000 m2 and is irregular in shape, taking its inspiration from the desert rose, a design proposed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. A lap of the museum offers a one and a half kilometre walk. It is home to over 3,700 m2 of projections on walls and ceiling, accompanied by immersive audio and interactive functions that ensure the visitor's attention is retained at all times. They have employed over 120 projectors with 10,000 lumens, 5120 x 3200 pixel high resolution and video distribution using 3G-SDI, together with various optics to cover all the nooks and crannies of the museum. An interactive 3-metre tall videowall with 32 touch points enables the visitor to interact with the content of the exhibition. Other rooms feature numerous sensors to capture the position or movement of visitors, thus obtaining projections and interactive soundtracks. The museum has a unique fully centralised control system with which it is possible to remotely control all the audiovisual equipment in the museum (amounting to a total of 154 projectors, 27 interactive experiences and more than 300 speakers).
The innovation in this project lies in the strong cooperative component that existed between the technology team and the architectural team. Undoubtedly, the biggest challenge of the project was the need to adapt all the equipment to the irregular morphology of the museum. This converted this job into an installation outside the usual standards in which an immersive sensation was sought at all levels.