RAF Museum Cosford

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Shropshire, 2007


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Aerial views accentuate the museum's sculptural form 

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  • Aerial views accentuate the museum    
  • Aerial view    
  • The roof sweeps to the ground in catenary-like curves    
  • Aluminium cladding complements the dynamic geometry     
  • The building is a huge three-dimensional culture, whose form is determined by the aircraft that it houses    
  • The steel-web roof structure is untreated and rusted    
  • Aircrafts from the Cold War are displayed    
  • Visitors can see aircraft close-up and well-lit    
  • Aircraft parts are displayed    
  • Symbols of everyday life from the Cold War period    
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  • Internal rendered view of cuban hotspot    
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  • Joining structure    
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Steel framed, aluminum clad museum to exhibit aircrafts and other artifacts from the Cold War

The design is intended to give physical expression to the two opposing forces locked in the Cold War. Two curvilinear triangular volumes are forced 30 metres up out of the ground creating a 130 metre long ‘fault line’ along their adjoining edges with the metaphor continued in the twisted plane geometry of the roof.

The display hall is split onto two levels with high level viewing access to provide multiple views of the museum’s collection.

The ancillary facilities, including an auditorium and classrooms, are buried in the ground below and continue the expression of contrasts with exposed concrete blockwork walls and black timber joinery.


  • Begun: Nov 2004
  • Completed: 2007
  • Floor area: 7,075m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £9M
  • Tender date: Jan 2003
  • Procurement: GC Works 1
  • Address: RAF Cosford, Shropshire, TF11 8UP, United Kingdom

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