The Egyptian Ministry of Culture and Besix Orascom Joint Venture have chosen ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) for the technical museographic development of four of the exhibit halls at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, in a contract worth €11 million (£9.88m).
APD will be responsible for the technical and museographic development of 12,000 square metres, distributed over four museum areas, in which APD will incorporate a variety of exhibition elements, such as graphics, models, life-sized reproductions and exhibition and staging lighting to support the story told by the museum and contextualise the archaeological pieces. APD will also make a three-dimensional scan and carry out the photogrammetry for Tutankhamun’s outer burial chamber (scale and colour), to provide an exact digital model of the original that can be turned into a physical reproduction for future display at the museum.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will become the largest archaeological museum in the world, housing 45,000 pieces (of which 25,000 have never been exhibited before), showing the history of Ancient Egypt from Prehistory to the Greco-Roman period. The museum is expected to receive more than five million visitors a year (around 15,000 a day).
The museum is located two kilometres from the Giza pyramids and will occupy 50 hectares of land. Some of the rooms will be open to visitors by 2019, with the final grand opening in late 2020. APD, founded in 1992, specialises in the design and implementation of museums, exhibitions, events and multimedia shows for both public institutions and private companies. APD is committed to the concept of “Cultural Engineering”, which consists of using the most advanced visual and sensory technology to help transmit the history, tradition and values of a specific location. In Egypt, APD has been responsible for one of the “Sound & Light Show” projected on the Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt, since 1999.
APD is also one of the largest companies in Europe in the museum and exhibitions sector, with emblematic projects such as The National Museum of Oman, the House of European History in Brussels, Belgium, The Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi, the Msheireb Museums in Qatar, and the Al-Shaheed Park Museums in Kuwait. The company is currently implementing several stages for the Shindagha Museums project in Dubai, and developing multimedia content for the Qatar National Museum.