CharacteristicsHigh-security cases, passive humidity control system, intelligent lighting control app
The Nationalmuseum building of Stockholm designed by Friedrich August Stüler was inaugurated in 1866. It is inspired by the Venetian-Florentine Neo-Renaissance style. Historically the building underwent constant modification to adapt to the museum’s needs but never completely renovated. This became necessary as it failed to satisfy the international standards required in terms of safety, climate control, fire prevention regulations, workplace, and logistics.
The five-year renovation project created an open, accessible museum displaying artworks on varying scales while still preserving the integrity of the architectural heritage. A new climate control system allows the museum’s collections to be presented in an integrated manner, overcoming the boundaries between artistic disciplines. Thus, paintings and other works more sensitive to environmental factors, such as drawings and graphics, can be presented together with applied art and design. The journey through the artwork is accompanied by evocative views of the city through the large windows, previously covered by fixed shutters, while a new lighting system makes it possible to exploit natural light to the fullest. Each room recounts an era.
The outfitting of the Museum was undertaken entirely by Goppion, working side by side with the museum team, architect Koel Sanders (New York) and the light designer Kardoff (Berlin) to develop a family of integrated exhibition elements including display cases, bases, platforms, and walls. One hundred new display cases, of different types and shapes, sizes and functions now house the most important art collection in Sweden:
- Freestanding cases
- Wall cases
- Window cases
The display cases are characterized by simple linear design, their interiors echo the plaster shades of the different rooms, inspired by the same colors that adorned the interiors of the 19th-century building. The cases provide high levels of security thanks to the use of special glass panels and are equipped with a passive system to control relative humidity by means of silica gel housed in a special compartment in the base that can be checked and replenished without needing to open the display compartment.
Among the most demanding display cases are the ‘window cases’ set between the columns of the museum in front of the windows, these display the artworks from the inner atrium of the building and represented a considerable challenge due to the structural intricacies involved. Another challenge was the over 5-meter high case for the Royal Canopy Bed, which involved an imposing installation job. Seventy-five of the 100 display cases are equipped with ‘intelligent’ systems to control and adjust the LED lights via Bluetooth, thanks to an app developed by Goppion.