£12.5 million Cold War museum opens next month
A new 7000m² museum, designed by UK based Feilden Clegg Bradley is dedicated to the memories of the Cold War. The term Cold War was first used by Bernard Baruch during a congressional debate in 1947 and drew to a close in the late 1980s following the launching of Mikhail Gorbachev's reform programs, perestroika and glasnost.
but concerns have been expressed in the UK press that it is premature to consign the Cold War to history.
The design concept originates from the idea of two opposing ideologies of the cold war era. Two triangular volumes are forced up out of the ground creating a ‘fault line’ along their adjoining edges with the metaphor continued in the twisted plane geometry of the roof. This fault line creates a strong axis running the length of the building and is articulated in the exposed steel structure of the huge wall punctuated by a central 70 metre wide opening.
The National Cold War Exhibition is due to open on 8th February.
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