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Al Shindagha Museum, Dubai, UAE

Prize(s) Winners in Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition
Company dpa lighting consultants
Lead Designers Lee Sweetman, Director, dpa lighting consultants
Other Designer's names Louise Santiago, Senior Designer, dpa lighting consultants
Interior Design Company GSM Project
Client Dubai Municipality
Photo Credits Alex Jeffries Photography Group
Other Credits AV Consultant: XYZ Cultural Technologies
Completion Date From 2019 onwards
Project Location Dubai, UAE
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Entry Description

We were delighted to produce the lighting design for Al Maktoum Residence, The Perfume House and Story of the Creek at the Al Shindagha Museum, a new addition to Dubai’s Cultural Quarter.

We developed a robust, pragmatic yet flexible lighting concept that enabled all aspects of the museum experience to develop at an individual level. Architectural features and traditional building techniques have been highlighted throughout to reveal colour, contrast, form and texture complementing and reinforcing the sense of heritage within the building. Traditional exhibits such as maps, chandlery, vessels and stonework have been illuminated to enhance their tactile and material qualities whilst contemporary exhibits such as interactive screens, models, history and scent stations demanded a less intensive approach to illumination.

Conservation played a major role in the illumination of certain spaces and artefacts within the exhibitions. We worked closely with the curators to deliver precise amounts of illumination to specific sensitive exhibits providing maximum function with minimal impact.

Technology has formed a significant part of the realisation of this project. A sophisticated, dedicated architectural lighting control system forming the backbone of the scheme, ensuring the correct operation of the system whilst delivering flexibility along with cost and environmental benefits.