Museums constructed in the last 50 years have drifted away from the cloistered castle-like architecture of the old days. The Getty, the MOMA, the East Wing — all are constructed in the modern school. The argument about whether a museum should be an active or passive container, a background or a foreground for the museum's contents, seems to have to come a close. The thrilling and anticipated museum designs of Frank Gehry punctuate the end to the argument.
Modern. Open. Wild. Angular. Over the top. Smoke curtains can provide an elegant solution for an elegant environment. They are recessed and can appear simply as a slit in the walls and ceilings. With a height of up to 20 feet and a width of 90 feet, a single curtain can be used to cover large expansive display halls. Smoke curtains are easily tested. They can be deployed and retracted in a manner of seconds, making testing a more likely and easily accomplished event.