The Shanghai Natural History Museum, a branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, was our first project with a massive natural history museum. Compared to relics and heritage museums, natural history museums require display cases which are extremely huge or of different shapes with an extra-high load carrying capacity. This is because the dimensions of exhibits may differ from very small, in the case of butterfly specimens to ultra-big like megafauna specimens or skeletal fossils; or the weights of exhibits may differ from light as with feather or fur specimens to heavy as with large-scale geological specimens. Due to the presence of a great number of colour-rich specimen exhibits, restoring their original colours is necessary when introducing an illumination system. Besides, beautiful colours are needed to create an amazing display atmosphere and the colours and materials of case surfaces must be selected carefully before a final decision is made. For cases with a high probability of interaction with viewers, nterrelated structures must be calculated accurately on these display cases for purpose of installation of multimedia devices.
The major challenge of this project is the large quantity of irregular cases, such as irregular polygonal Free standing display cases and circular arc display cases. They require extremely high machining accuracy on sheet metals, glass, aluminum profile frames among others. Furthermore, the design of the opening structure must be clever and well-thought through to secure the motion path of irregular glass.
For SS Great Britain museum ship project, Relicase consider its antique character, limited display area and protection on the ship itself, when make a design. How move museum showcases through the aged catwalk into the museum safely and conveniently? How install quickly and reduce the possible damage from installation? At last, we adopt partition module to make multi-layer display.
Free standing display cases constructed with low-iron, optiwhite laminated safety glass.
Access to the display case interior is through 2 half-width doors with concealed hinges and fitted with Abloy security locks. The lighting hood is equipped with fluorescent lights with access through a hinged top plate with support struts. Light is filtered into the display area through a milky white laminated glass pane fitted with 12x12 egg crate pattern light diffuser. Each cases was fitted with 2 layers of adjustable 10mm thick glass shelves.
In the base of the case is a climate control compartment. Each case was also mounted on a special steel plinth to bridge existing ductwork.
Showcase Names：Removable Glass Top
|Showcase Type：|Free standing display cases
Removable Glass Top Showcase Details
The removable glass top is a feature that allows different kinds of lighting solutions to be added on. Glass top can be changed to a diffuser glass that allows even distribution of light from an external light source. In addition, cases with this removable glass top can be fitted with a light hood that houses additional lighting elements such as LED, fluorescent, low-voltage halogen or even fibre optics lighting systems. Other task lighting can also be introduced at the sides or bottom of the case through this removable glass top.