Goppion collaborates with Norman Foster for largest retrospective of the architect’s work.

28 Mar 2023

Goppion S.p.A. is proud to announce a new collaboration with the doyen of sustainable architecture, Norman Foster.

A retrospective exhibition covering the breadth of Foster’s work since the 1960s will open at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from 10 May until 7 August this year. Spanning some 2,200 square meters, exhibits explore the creation of 130 architectural projects, including some of Foster’s most iconic and innovative works, such as the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, the Hong Kong International Airport and Apple Park in Cupertino, USA.

Goppion was commissioned to create a series of table display cases for the exhibition, comprising 16 modular cases with internal lighting and four modular cases with backlit deck. The display cases, designed by Norman Foster and engineered by Goppion, are to display original sketchbooks and transparencies. Special attention has been given to the lighting system, to optimize legibility and minimize shadows produced by the objects.

The project, which originated with Norman Foster's conception of form and function, was developed in collaboration with Goppion during the creation of two prototypes. This process laid the groundwork for new line of horizontal display cases designed specifically to protect and display books and archival materials.

"To work with Norman means taking part in the most sophisticated level of architectural design, which he makes possible through the beauty of simplicity and the elegance of dialogue." – Alessandro Goppion, CEO

  • Goppion created 20 modular display cases for the project – all designed to obtain a minimalistic appearance, yet ensuring effective conservation performance (airtightness and climate control) and maximizing the legibility (lighting and inclination of the display decks).
  • The exhibition explores the architect’s work through seven themes: Nature and Urbanity, Skin and Bones, Vertical City, History and Tradition, Planning and Place, Networks and Mobility and Future.
  • Drawings, sketches, original scale models and dioramas, along with many videos, will enable visitors to explore the development of 130 major projects.
  • The exhibition is designed by Norman Foster and produced in collaboration with Foster + Partners and the Norman Foster Foundation.