Transformation Royal Opera House to Olympic Museum

A free and unique exhibition was created at the London Royal Opera House, which was temporarily transformed in a Olympic Museum for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Olympic Journey, Story of the Games” showcased inspiring stories about ancient and modern Olympians’ athletic achievements. Visitor’s journey began in ancient Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and continued through the present day.

Why van Straaten?

London Olympic Games

The feats of modern and ancient Olympic athletes were told partly with the help of tension fabrics-supplier CEES SMIT, Inc. (Van Straaten sister company). 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.

Cees Smit was chosen as a partner for their images that stand out, their abillity to produce lengthy tension fabric, and their expertise in aluminum frames. 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. Cees Smit and van Straaten are always up for a challenge

How we work

The exhibit was designed and maintained by Hypsos, CEES SMIT, Inc. was tapped to produce the unprecedented, continuous length of tension fabric some 8 feet high and extending 650 feet 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.

In addition to the innovative display, CEES SMIT, Inc. placed a large, printed cotton panel measuring 50 feet by 50 feet and containing blackout material over a large glass wall to decrease light intensity and enhance the exhibit’s ambiance. CEES SMIT, Inc. also created and installed several large-format cloth prints and drapes to adjust the atmosphere inside.

High end materials

Our selection of materials have been thoroughly tested, and are all flame retardant, to guarantee safety, consistency, and quality.

Detailed precision

To achieve high end quality, our focus is on every detail, and they are executed with finesse, using top quality computer aided machines.

3D visualization

To best support our customers, and help them visualize their ideas for interiors, we have a team that can provide professional 3D visualization.

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