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Two-Sided Display Cases Lend Transparency to Lobby Spaces

Paul Steinbach
(Photo by Sam Fentress Photography)
(Photo by Sam Fentress Photography)

By definition, display cases should be highly visible, but few capture that concept better than the type seen at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Alaska Airlines Center.

A two-sided case not only shatters the dimensional constraints of a wall-mounted unit while allowing for full viewing of the items stored within — the front and back of a player's jersey, for example — but it also lends a feeling of openness to the surrounding space. "It creates much more transparency in a facility where there is client interest in displaying as many trophies and memorabilia as possible," says Erik Kocher, a principal at Hastings+Chivetta in St. Louis. "Traditional trophy cases create solid walls and can close off public spaces from event areas. A two-sided case allows spectators to stay connected to an event in the arena while they are in the facility's lobby."


This article originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Athletic Business with the title "DesignDetails"

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