Design solutions

We specialize in developing innovative solutions for highly challenging museum projects in close cooperation with museum specialists, architects and designers. Our engineering specialists can develop extra large, round, and curved display cases as well as innovative special designs.

Some outstanding examples of these projects are presented here:

Extra large display cases

British Museum, London, Wellcome Trust Gallery

Design: BM /Geoff Pickup

Photo courtesy of the Trustees of The British Museum


Extra large free-standing display cases, 6 m long, 2 m deep and 5 m high with fibre optic lighting and a wall case measuring over 15 m length. All the cases are connected to a centralized remote HAHN RK-2-Xa climate control system, maintaining a stable microclimate even for such large display cases. The climate control data are monitored in and controllrd from a separate plant room completely out of sight of the visitor.



Royal Ontario Museum, The Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples, Toronto, Canada, 2006

Design: Haley Sharpe Design

Tokyo National Museum, Horuji Treasures Gallery

Architect: Yoshio Taniguchi, Tokio

Wall cases over 20m long, equipped with a pneumatic door control mechanism.



Round and curved display cases

Museo Internazionale della Musica di Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 2004

Design: Panstudio Architetti Associati, Pado Capponcelli, Bologna

The large curved table cases are equipped with fiber optic uplight illumination. Special features include the metal profiles which are hidden behind back painted glass and LED lighting in the drawers of the table cases.


Victoria & Albert Museum, The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, London, Great Britain

Design: Eva Jiricna Architects, London, opened in May 2008.

4 curved and 2 round GLASBAU HAHN cases are part of a gallery 33 m long. Sophisticated curved and round free-standing display cases are based on a high-tech production method. Each Amiran coated glass panel is moulded individually to form the top panel in the shape of a helix spiral.

Planning for the Egyptian Museum, Cairo

Sophisticated all-glass construction with curved glass fronts equipped with active climate control and integrated LED lighting.

Special formats

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, USA

The cases offer maximal access to their interior by means of a special split-opening system: the glass panels move apart, driven by electric motors in the base and light box, dividing the case in the middle. Equipped with LED spotlights fixed to the soffit and four removable LED light bars along the corners, each display case features a highly flexible, dimmable lighting system.

Simon Adlam, the director of exhibition production and designer of the display cases, had specific demands on the frameless all-glass showcases: “I want(ed) 11 feet of hanging glass in earthquake country! It’s a major accomplishment.”

Victoria and Albert Museum, Ceramics Galleries, Study Collection, London, 2010

Design: OPERA Amsterdam

Study collection cases up to 26 m long and 3.70 m high to store up to 30,000 objects of the ceramic collection in four galleries.

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Atomic Bombing 1945.

In 2001 GLASBAU HAHN set a world record in display case construction. Glass panels of 9 m height are home to the name cards of 70,000 victims. The display case is a perfect match to the architecture of the National Memorial Hall designed by Architect Akira Kuryu.

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Design: Haley Sharpe Design

ZigZag central display case in the Gallery of Gems and Gold