Showcases of the Islamic art galleries of the Louvre by Goppion

The new wing of the Louvre Museum, devoted to masterpieces of Islamic art, uses showcases from Goppion. Designed by architect Mario Bellini, the museum is conceptualized as a treasure chest hidden in a glass pyramid. The gallery is installed two floors below the Cour Visconti, near the Seine. The construction included a digging of 12 meters in the ground and is covered by the floating glass veil.

Exhibition design

The exhibition space is dispersed over 2 floors, creating a continuous flow between them. Directed by Jean Nouvel, the scenography consists of a dark interior, juxtaposed with by Goppion light and airy showcases, emphasizing the exhibits.

Showcase Features

The choice to use Goppion The showcases have been designed because they offer solidity, security and advanced technologies. The showcases consist of a low base with a large glazed enclosure; mmaximum transparency is achieved by using large panes. Diagonally split slide-out display cases have opening seals only along the top edge, above eye level. The crates appear to be floating, with an anchor system placed between the floating floor and the floor of the building.

Advanced Technologies The base contains technology that controls the microclimate and humidity, while ensuring safety.
Security Crates require specific equipment to access the crate, even if the lock is destroyed.
Ease of use The whole glass hood can be easily lifted thanks to the hydraulic pantograph mechanism.

They are designed so that the museum curator can easily grasp and rearrange objects. The enclosures are easily operated thanks to the horizontal sliding mechanism design, which allows the screens to fully open either orthogonally in the center or diagonally across the top. The interior display platform is designed with a sliding mechanism that moves from left to right when the case is opened, allowing for easy cleaning and different layouts. The interior display fittings are made from Silbonit coated metal plinths and panels.

Mildred D. Field