The RIBA Stirling Prize: A Celebration of British Architecture

RIBA Stirling Prize winner 1998 - American Air Museum, Duxford

American Air Museum

American Air Museum, Duxford
Foster and Partners
Commissioned 1987
Completed 1997
Computer-generated cutaway drawing
Drawing by Gregory Gibbon/Foster and Partners


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.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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