Bespoke Balistrades & Plynths

Engineering, Design + Manufacture

We were approached to solve a number of interior technical challenges at the revolutionary Jean Nouvel designed Louvre as part of our ongoing collaboration with experts in museum display , Meyvaert.


Within the permanent exhibition galleries, we were tasked to design and engineer a bespoke balustrade system, alongside new seismic-plinths that could meet the stringent requirements demanded of such a unique building.


"Highly Machined Components"

Our Balustrade Design solution was a bespoke modular system incorporating a hidden, low voltage lighting rail along its length. Made in 5 variants, the highly machined components slot together above ground, then are anchored together to a sub-floor.

The final assembly therefore displays no visible means of connection, whilst still allowing access for future maintenance. Manufactured in solid Brass and plated in Bronze, it fulfilled all structural, aesthetic and safety requirements.

plinth design

"Plinths Float on a Hidden Tectonic Skeleton"

The plinth design needed to fit seamlessly into the exhibition areas and be invisible to the viewer. Most importantly the design needed to incorporate numerous anti-theft systems and seismic-isolation features to protect the priceless works on display.

Our solution, the highly engineered Seismic-Isolation Plinths. Floating on a hidden tectonic skeleton, any movement from earthquakes is absorbed and controlled by the plinth, protecting the precious artefacts.

"Achieving Structural Integrity, with invisible fixings"

Manufactured in the UK, with production, workflow manufacture and shipping being overseen and managed by Cohda’s in-house project team.

All plinths and balustrades were successfully installed on site, coinciding with the grand opening of the Museum on 8 November 2017.

Key Expertise

Project Specific

  • Product design
  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Prototyping
  • Design for manufacture