RIBA Stirling Prize winner 1998 - American Air Museum, Duxford

American Air Museum

Foster and Partners have created a dramatic setting for the Imperial War Museum's collection of US combat aircraft. Duxford is a former airbase, used by the US Air Force from 1943 to 1945, so it makes an ideal location for the museum. 

The building is like the cockpit of an aeroplane, its glazed main wall allowing visitors to view the action on the runway. A single exhibition space houses the huge aircraft that make up the collection. Some hang from the ceiling in positions of flight and others are arranged on the ground to enable visitors to get right up to them.