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Display Case - One-off | Goppion

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    Collaborative design, unique shapes

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Goppion designs, develops and builds display cases and museum installations. The company works with curators and exhibit designers to develop solutions to individual projects with a collaborative approach.

One-off display cases have special design and performance characteristics. Goppion collaborations have produced units with unique designs such as an unusual shape (triangular, pentagonal, curved), others are radically different in concept.


Bowed glass box cases, opening by rotation Civico Museo di Antichi Strumenti Musicali, Milan, (IT) Designed to imitate the typical shape of a string instrument’s case.
Monumental display cases, opening by rotation and others by lifting Tower of London, Jewel House, London (UK) These cases are made of burnished brass and provide excellent security and precision “zero clearance” opening system.
Hanging case made entirely of glass Pinakothek der Moderne, die Neue Sammlung, Munich (DE) A 40-meter long glass box case which opens by sliding the front panels upwards by powered traction employing steel cables, gears, and motors set into the frame.
Table display case 13 meters long The British Museum, The Wellcome Trust Gallery, London (UK) The length of the case 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 difficult to mount the display. Goppion used nested telescopic screws (Lh3 type), with movement synchronized mechanically by a roller chain.
Large display case (64 m2)
for the Ardabil carpet
The Victoria & Albert Museum,
The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, London (UK)
This case, 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.
Vertical wall case 6 meters high The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, London (UK) The case opens by rotation on special articulated quadrilateral hinges. The door is fitted with a demountable aluminum frame, preloaded by mechanical bar tensioners. The frame’s construction design is Goppion Proprietary.
Irregular polygonal display case Newseum, Washington, D.C. (US) Glass box with a pull-and-slide opening on one side only.
Curvilinear display case with inclined ceiling Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lausanne (CH ) 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.
Triangular wall-mounted display cases Civico Museo Archeologico, Sezione Greca, Milan (IT) The door rotates open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges and includes active magnetic gaskets for an airtight seal.
Display case designed to hold a buffalo skin National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York (US) 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.
Large freestanding vertical display cases Her Majesty Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok (TH) Doors rotate open on articulated quadrilateral hinges. These display cases have straight and curved sides made entirely of glass.
Curvilinear vertical display cases National Cowgirl Museum, Fort Worth (US) In these cases, the doors rotate open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges and include active magnetic gaskets.
Triangular vertical display case Civico Museo Archeologico, Sezione Milano Romana, Milan (IT) The door rotates open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges, and cast-in-place silicone gaskets ensure a tight seal.
Large irregular wall case Musée des Confluences, Lyon (FR) The doors in the glass front rotate open on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges. The internal mounting system is especially complex.
Large irregular polygonal display cases Musée des Confluences, Lyon (FR) Opened by rotating the glass front.
Large wall case with push-and- slide opening system Musée du Quay Branly, Paris (FR) This system has been used for exceptionally large cases and provides high airtightness.
Display cases for the Victoria 1 and Victoria 2 paintings by Gerhard Richter Because Head office of ERGO Versicherungsgruppe AG, Düsseldorf (DE) No glass manufacturer was capable of producing a single sheet of the dimensions required for this case, Goppion engineered and produced a case door consisting of a metal frame holding three panes of glass, each measuring 5.2 m x 2.6 m, glued together. The hinged door (measuring 7.8 m x 5.2 m and weighing around 1,800 kg) is perfectly airtight when closed thanks to a mechanical system that compresses the gasket around the entire perimeter. The climate-control system includes an air filter and can be operated by remote control. It maintains an ideal microclimate within the case and is connected to the building’s fire alarm system.
Pentagonal display cases Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence (IT) Display cases characterized by their pentagonal base and considerable height. Access is through a door in the front that opens by rotating on the vertical axis on articulated quadrilateral hinges. A light attic houses the lighting apparatus.
Octagonal display case to contain the model for Botticelli’s choir in the Duomo Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence (IT) Because the model was so large, it did not fit through a door in the side. Goppion had to engineer a means to lift 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.
Curved display cases London, The Design Museum, Cartier in Motion exhibition. 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. A relative humidity passive control system set into the interior plinth.


Goppion uses ecologically-correct methods and makes efforts to use sustainable materials as well as research new materials and manufacturing processes with low environmental impacts. Goppion designs cases to last over time to reduce the need for replacement and recycling of industrial products.

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