- Identification of project guidelines by the museum’s management and scientific staff.
- Definition of installation and display case features by the museum’s conservation, security and education specialists.
- Exhibit designers draw up a plan for how the works will be displayed.
- Drawing up of preliminary project. The exhibit designer identifies a preliminary combination of materials and finishings and designs how the objects in the collection will be displayed in the cases.
- Drawing up of definitive project and decision-making about structural details. Starting with this phase, Goppion’s experts work alongside the designer/architect in defining structural solutions.
- Drawing up of executive project and drafting of designs by Goppion’s specialists. These designs will then go up for approval. The studies conducted in this phase may lead to the opportunity to expand the scope of some of the technical aspects of the project. The client can decide to take advantage of this opportunity and, if necessary, sustain the extra costs.
This happened, for example with the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles, which commissioned Goppion to study lighting solutions, and with the Victoria & Albert Museum, which decided to take on the challenge along with Goppion of engineering a display case that was 60 square meters in surface. It is currently the largest display case in the world and is able to be opened entirely via a lift mechanism.
- Realization of prototypes. The prototype is a fundamental tool for allowing all parties involved to make sure that the product meets needs and expectations.
- Drawing up of production designs for the entire line of products.
At this point it could seem like the project is finished. In reality, this ending marks a new beginning. The Laboratorio continues to be a “live” place where everything done here is passed down from the craftsmen to those who will follow in their footsteps, in an uninterrupted chain of experiences, challenges and opportunities.