From Concept to Reality

Project: Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre - Musical Fountain

The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre comprises of Four inter connected buildings that together create a home to showcase the performing arts in Kuwait. This new centre forms the focal point of Kuwait’s new national cultural district.

Featuring a Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre and a National Library the development includes a 2,000 seat theatre, 1,000 seat concert hall, 350 seat recital hall, multi-purpose function room and a 400 seat cinema. In addition to the main theatre, there is also a 600 seat theatre, a studio theatre and many rehearsal and support facilities.
At the centrepiece of the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre lies the biggest and most State Of the Art Multimedia Fountain in the Middle East created by Watercube Design of Italy.


Concept & Design

From the initial concept right through to the technical installation and commissioning of the systems and then also show creation, Syncronorm GmbH were the consulting and technical partner of Watercube Design.


The Syncronorm Design Team were involved in the very early stages of discussions with Watercube and created a full 3D model of the feature and surrounding areas and then produced a real time simulation show which featured all of the Fountains, Robots, Air Shooters, Flame Effects, Lighting, Lasers and Projection that were proposed for this system. A complete show concept and storyboard for the first shows were created in pre-production together by the Syncronorm and Watercube Design teams to be presented to the client.


Installation & Show

The technical concept of the installation also utilised the use of latest bidirectional network technologies such as DMX-RDM, full digital control of all the components in the installation and a full stand alone operation on high security levels for daily running shows.

All of the external control systems used in this project are controlled via the Syncronorm V:Server Showcontrol System. This feature also uses a large quantity of other Syncronorm products such as the V:Nano and the SyncroSplit for DMX distribution.



Daily Standalone Operation

The Installation runs via the Syncronorm V4/U16 Server which works as the Master control and generates all Artnet DMX and controls into the show network and monitors all DMX – RDM components. SMPTE is also used to control external control systems.

Shows can be programmed offline with Depence V3D software and uploaded into the showserver over the internet.



Project Summary :

1 x Syncronorm Depence Showcontrol and Visualization Software / Ultimate Level
1 x Syncronorm Server V4/U16
8 x Syncronorm V:nano 1024 DMXRDM – Artnet node / Din Rail
28 x Syncronorm DMX RDM Splitter DIN Rail
120 Robots
1400 RGB LED‘s
1000 White LED‘s
196 Mini Air Shooters
52 Medium Air Shooters
31 Super Shooters
25 Flame Fountains
3 Water Screens
3 Fog Rings
3 Lasers
1 Video Projector




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