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Display cases with special design and performance characteristics

This section gathers together a range of extraordinary Goppion collaborations that produced units with unique designs: some have an unusual shape (triangular, pentagonal, curved) compared with the standard rectangular units, others are radically different in concept. Please refer to our historical catalogue, Museum Exhibition Installations, for more details.

Monumental display cases, opening by lifting

These cases are made of burnished brass and provide excellent security and precision “zero clearance” opening system.

Tower of London, Jewel House, London (UK)

Monumental display cases, opening by lifting

Hanging case made entirely of glass

This 40-meter long glass box case opens by sliding the front panels upwards by powered traction employing steel cables, gears, and motors set into the frame.

Pinakothek der Moderne, die Neue Sammlung, Munich (DE)

Hanging case made entirely of glass

Table display case 13 meters long

This case’s length made it very difficult to open as a single piece while maintaining the necessary synchronized movement. In addition, the relatively low base would have meant the bonnet could be lifted only a short distance, making it very difficult for the curators to mount the display. Consequently, we decided to use nested telescopic screws (Lh3 type), whose movement is synchronized mechanically by a roller chain.

The British Museum, The Wellcome Trust Gallery, London (UK)

Table display case 13 meters long

Display case for the Ardabil carpet

This large display case (64 m2) , essentially a room of non-reflective glass, opens by the total simultaneous vertical translation of all sides by means of telescopic screws (Lh3 type) synchronized mechanically by a chain drive mechanism concealed below the floor.

The Victoria & Albert Museum, 

The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, London (UK)

Display case for the Ardabil carpet

Irregular polygonal display case

Glass box with pull-and-slide opening on one side only.

Newseum, Washington, D.C. (US)

Irregular polygonal display case

Curvilinear display case with inclined ceiling

The door opens by rotating on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges, while active magnetic gaskets ensure an airtight seal when the case is closed.

Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lausanne (CH )

Curvilinear display case with inclined ceiling

Triangular wall-mounted display cases

The door rotates open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges and includes active magnetic gaskets for an airtight seal.

Civico Museo Archeologico, Sezione Greca, Milan (IT) 

Triangular wall-mounted display cases

Display case designed to hold a buffalo skin

The curved shape of the base’s sides prevented the use of pantographs or a tilting opening system. Employing telescopic screws (Lh2 type) enables the glass box to be lifted to a considerable height despite the base being low, granting curators safe and easy access to the skin.

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York (US)

Display case designed to hold a buffalo skin

Large freestanding vertical display cases

Doors rotate open on articulated quadrilateral hinges. These display cases have straight and curved sides made entirely of glass.

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok (TH)

Large freestanding vertical display cases

Curvilinear vertical display cases

In these cases, the doors rotate open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges and include active magnetic gaskets.

National Cowgirl Museum, Fort Worth (US)

Curvilinear vertical display cases

Triangular vertical display case

The door rotates open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges, and cast-in-place silicone gaskets ensure a tight seal.

Civico Museo Archeologico, Sezione Milano Romana, Milan (IT)

Triangular vertical display case

Large irregular wall case

The doors in the glass front rotate open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges. The internal mounting system is especially complex.

Musée des Confluences, Lyon (FR)

Large irregular wall case

Large irregular polygonal display cases

Opened by rotating the glass front. 

Musée des Confluences, Lyon (FR)

Large irregular polygonal display cases

Large wall case with push-and-slide opening

This system has been used for exceptionally large cases (Qv4 type) and provides high airtightness.

Musée du Quay Branly, Paris (FR)

Large wall case with push-and-slide opening

Octagonal display case for Botticelli’s choir

This display case was designed to contain the wooden model for Botticelli’s choir in the Duomo, because the model was so large, it could not be placed into the case through a door in one of the sides. Goppion thus had to engineer a means of reaching the interior of the case by lifting the whole glass box. Telescopic screws (Lv2 type) reduced the space taken up by the mechanism and three of these were found to be enough to lend the case stability in the open position.

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence (IT)

Octagonal display case for Botticelli’s choir

Curved display cases

Vertical freestanding or wall-standing display cases consisting of extra-clear non-reflecting glass set into an aluminum frame. Glass box opening by rotating on articulated quadrilateral hinges. Interior lighting with adjustable LED mini-spots fitted to the metal hood. Relative humidity passive control system set into the interior plinth. The cases can also accommodate a relative humidity active control system.

The Design Museum, Cartier in Motion exhibition, London (UK)

 

 

Curved display cases