Imperial War Museum North

Studio Daniel Libeskind, Manchester, 2001

 

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Water, Earth and Air Shards  

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  • Water, Earth and Air Shards     
  • Air Shard view from across the Ship Canal     
  • Evening view    
  • Air Shard viewing platform     
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • East elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • Street elevation    
  • Canal elevation    
  • Imperial War Museum North under construction    
  • Construction     
  • Air Shard viewing bridge    
  • Concept sketch    
  • IWM shards sketch     
  • Imperial War Museum North under construction    
  • Imperial War Museum North under construction    
  • Imperial War Museum North under construction    
  • Imperial War Museum North under construction    
  • Imperial War Museum North under construction    
  • Imperial War Museum North under construction    

Exposed steel frame, aluminium-clad museum located on the south bank of Manchester Ship Canal incorporating a bookshop and café into new exhibition spaces

The design concept is that of a globe which has been shattered into 'shards' and then reassembled. The building’s form is the interlocking of three of these fragments which represent earth, air, and water.

The Imperial War Museum North tells the story of how war has affected the lives of British and Commonwealth citizens since 1914
he three shards together are in reference to the Twentieth century conflicts 'which have never taken place on an abstract piece of paper, but rather have been fought by men and women by land, sky and sea'.

The 'Earth Shard' forms the generous and flexible museum space, signifying the open, earthly realm of conflict and war. The 'Air Shard' serves as a dramatic entry into the Museum, with its projected images, observatories and education spaces. The 'Water Shard' forms the platform for viewing the Canal, complete with a restaurant, cafe, deck and performance space.

Data

  • Begun: Jan 2000
  • Completed: Dec 2001
  • Floor area: 6,500m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £30M
  • Funding: Peel Holdings, European Development Fund, English Partnerships North/West Development Agency and the Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Tender date: 1997
  • Address: The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1TZ, United Kingdom

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