Collaboration with Minus5 Architects
KAUST 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY – Jeddah/Thuwal, KSA The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) with its world-class academic and laboratory facilities is the leading research institution of the Arab World focusing on four areas: Water, Energy, Environment and Food. Driven by a vision of the King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to revive the days of the House of Wisdom (Dar Al Hikmah) that was major intellectual center during the Islamic Golden Age, KAUST opened its doors in 2009 attracting leading researchers from around the world. After five years of operation, the university was getting ready to celebrate their 5-year milestone anniversary with a memorable festival.
Minus5 Architects and Studio Mr.White were contacted to create the centerpiece show that the university would like to gift its 6000 people community during the festival. After a visit to the premises with an initial intention to create a 3D mapping show activating several buildings on campus, the beautiful location on the Red Sea inspired a more attractive and site-specific solution: an ephemeral projection over a massive 30m wide x15m high water screen floating in the harbor of the university. Pushing the envelope even further, the water show would be synchronized with a lighting and laser show on the KAUST beacon, the 57m high emblem of the university. Detailed design concepts were developed and discussed thoroughly with the KAUST event organization team to create a visual content that reflects accurately the original vision of the university, its present and its ambitions for the future. The result was a visual voyage from the glorious past of the House of Wisdom passing on the torch of scientific excellence to KAUST. The endeavor was a big technical challenge that was successfully tackled by our technical director Omar Youssef, the RST-DUBAI team as well as Chris Matthews from LCI-UK. Everyone brought their wealth of know-how to pull off a great show over 4 presentations in one night under the tricky weather conditions of September in Saudi Arabia. Kudos to all who took part in making this show a success and Happy 5th Anniversary KAUST!
Many thanks to:
Sabrina Percher, Alexis V.De Berry, Calita Nunez, Amelie Laveille
Brian Moran, Richard Hawkins, Paul Bennett
All the Resources Stage Technologies (RST-DUBAI) team that was on location for many sleepless nights.
Chris Matthews (LCI-UK) for his much appreciated dedication.
Type: Projection show over water screen + Light and laser show
Client: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Show Design and Content Execution
STUDIO MR. WHITE AND MINUS5 ARCHITECTS
HANI ABYAD / DANIEL GEORGES
Collaborating 3D artists
Ursa Major (Terry Devine-King)
Al-Kindi (Matt Hill / Manickam Yogeswaran)
Call to Beroea (Luke Richards)
Into The Fast Lane (Bob Bradley / Steve Dymond / Matt Sanchez)
Projection and Lighting
RESOURCES STAGE TECHNOLOGIES (RST-DUBAI)
Water Screen Technology
CHRIS MATTHEWS (LCI-UK)
MINUS5 ARCHITECTS AND STUDIO MR. WHITE
Images © Minus5 Architects / Studio Mr.White