BFI Master Film Store

BFI Master Film Store

BFI Master Film Store

Scheme name: BFI Master Film Store

Practice: Edward Cullinan Architects

Client: British Film Institute

Photographer: Edmund Sumner

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

 

 


 
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