Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Date

10 April 2011
Location

The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road,
Trafford Park, Manchester

SJ 80194 97080; 53.47006°N, 2.29984°W

Information

Conflict has been a constant factor of the twentieth century as the world has repeatedly fragmented into warring factions. I have imagined the globe broken into fragments and taken the pieces to form the building — three shards — together they represent conflict on land, in the air and on water. — Daniel Libeskind

Polish-born architect Daniel Libeskind was commissioned in 1997 to design the Imperial War Museum North. The building — comprising three interlocking shards representing Air, Earth and Water — makes a very striking landmark in Manchester’s redeveloped dockland area. Construction started in 2000 and the museum — the newest of the Imperial War Museum’s five branches — opened in 2002.

With a height of 55 m, the Air Shard features a 29 m high viewing platform affording splendid views over the city.

Imperial War Museum North; Daniel Libeskind (Wikipedia); Studio Daniel Libeskind

Air Shard, Imperial War Museum North


Earth Shard, Imperial War Museum North


Air Shard, Imperial War Museum North


Imperial War Museum North


Imperial War Museum North


T-55 tank captured from Iraqi forces


T-55 tank captured from Iraqi forces


View from the Air Shard of Manchester Ship Canal, The Lowry, Salford Quays


View from the Air Shard of Manchester Ship Canal, The Lowry, Salford Quays


View from the Air Shard of Manchester Ship Canal and Quay West with the Peak District in the distance


T-34/85 Tank. The revolutionary Soviet T-34 tank was developed during World War II, entering service with the Red Army in 1940. Some armed forces were still using the T-34 in the 1990s.


Rolls-Royce Merlin Mark 73 aero-engine. This example was built in Derby and saw active service from 1944 to 1948. The Merlin served as the power plant for many different types of aircraft, including Hurricane, Lancaster, Mosquito and Spitfire. Because so many aircraft were lost, the average lifespan of a Merlin engine was only about 26 hours.


1982 Trabant Deluxe Estate Car. The two-stroke engined Trabant was built in Eastern Europe during the Cold War era. The waiting list for the vehicle was normally 15 years.


USMC AV-8B Harrier jump jet

One thought on “Imperial War Museum North

  1. This is a fascinating building that I’ve photographed several times. It works well against a blue sky, something I’ve not managed to capture much in Manchester……….

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