This building might be described as a Modernist machine for preserving culture. The film stores protect 190,000 canisters of unstable nitrate film and 240,000 acetate reels at minus 5ºC, and at a fixed humidity. The archive could have been a serviceable oblong of concrete bunkers equating form with function – but this is more ambitious. In plan, elevations and material detailing, the archive's design draws from both a stripped down industrial modernism, yet also radiates a very particular kind of 21st century finesse and environmental efficiency.
Winner of RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award sponsored by Ibstock Brick