The new Cold War Exhibition, which uses the RAF’s important collection of contemporary military artefacts as a backdrop to a narrative of the history of the east-west conflict, draws the eye to its sinuous form. Two curvilinear triangular volumes meet along a central divide which gives physical expression to the conflict. Outside, bright profiled metal cladding follows these sweeping parabolas to catch the light. Within, the hangar creates a soaring internal volume that contains the wealth of military hardware on display. Visitors enter on axis with the central spine into an upper gallery whose relative darkness reflects the apocalyptic subject matter. They are drawn towards the light of the lower gallery, passing beneath the vast wing of the museum’s Vulcan bomber.