For the French Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010, Relicase focuses on the design of the museum display cases for safety, protection and display effect.
Covering a surface of 6,000 sq. m., the France Pavilion seems to float over a lake, suspended from a grid that is both sensual and structural. The pavilion is designed to showcase the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and feel of France, and visitors will be able to sample French food and watch classic french films.
It presents pictures of 7 world-famous artists. They are Millet (L'Angélus), Manet(Balcony), Vincent van Gogh(Al ballroom), Gauguin(The Meal), Cezanne(La Femme à la cafetière) Bonnard(La Loge) and Rodin(The Age of Bronze). It is such a chance to gather these masters simultaneously, though only one picture is picked up from the collection of each artist. Due to their priceless value, we focus on security, protection, and display on the showcase design. The inner atmosphere was totally followed by The Optimal Standard of HQE, and international criterion of a large museum, besides the current safety code.
It is described as a “floating palace” in the beauty rhyme with water and post-modern color. Auto-elevator brings visitors to the top building. The whole construction is built in the slope, with a return to the entrance. This creative design casts a new challenge for us. The showcase for this project, a total of 36152mm long, is put in a 3.9-degreed slope. It requires a vertical cutting line of glass to back panel, as the showcase extends down following the slope. The top structure is hidden in the hanging ceiling. Besides glass, only steel and aluminum are allowed used in the showcase, whose total height reaches 3905mm.
Canada-imported Aluminum honeycomb composite board, coated with ICI Water-based metallic finish, is used as back and floor panel. We add 3-mm armor to prevent damage on exhibit from electrical instruments or weapons. The total showcase is divided into 22 units, each two of which is a display area for the exhibit, with Amiran low reflection glass. Another area is supplied with ultra-clear glass. Thus, it can reach a brilliant display effect, with an unlimited cost.