Transformation Royal Opera House to Olympic Museum

The feats of modern and ancient Olympic athletes were told partly with the help of tension fabrics-supplier Van Straaten as the famous London Royal Opera House was transformed into a museum showcase of Olympics history during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 

London Olympic Games

Titled “The Olympic Journey,” the massive exhibit proved popular during the London Olympic Games. It provided a visual history of the Olympics, from the ancient games through to the modern day version just held in London.

Historic images that stand out

The exhibit was designed and maintained by Hypsos, Van Straaten was tapped to produce the unprecedented, continuous length of tension fabric some 2,5 meter high and extending nearly 20 meters in length from a single piece. The fabric was stretched over both sides of an aluminum frame and contained static as well as projected images, giving the piece an eclectic blend of history and movement.

Good project management

In addition to the innovative display, Van Straaten placed a large, printed cotton panel measuring 150 cm x 150 cm and containing blackout material over a large glass wall to decrease light intensity and enhance the exhibit’s ambiance. Van Straaten also created and installed several large-format cloth prints and drapes to adjust the atmosphere inside. The team had no more than 36 hours to erect and complete the display inside the historic Royal Opera House before the games were underway, making for a logistical as well as technical challenge to produce and complete the innovative designs.