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Building The Beacon

One of the more imaginative proposals of the year has been the Battle of Britain Beacon, an extension to the RAF Museum in north London which has been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley to stand next to the current rather underwhelming Battle of Britain Hall.

Starting with a diamond footprint, a slant cuts through the building diagonally as it rises and torques into an open cone on its top half that is designed to maximise the floorspace on the upper levels where the pinnacle of the exhibition - a dog fight - will be located and access by a high speed lift.

From here the visitor will then wind their way down a spiraling walkway as they see a number of other aircraft from the same era all suspended in the central atrium along with the accompanying story of the battle that comes complete with the latest holographic technology.

It's not all about the glorification of combat and victory however. There will also be a memorial hall with the remains of a crashed World War 2 plane it illuminated by a halo of light from above with the rest of the area kept dark and only minimal levels of light leaking through the textured metal walls.

From afar the building has the ability to transform long distance views. The top of the structure will have an AOD height of approximately 169 metres making it visible from all across London much in the same way as Wembley Stadium currently is. The building will also be extremely visible from the M1 motorway with 37 million journeys passing it every year.

Within, it will utilise some of the latest technology to keep it functioning with ventilation intakes and exhausts integrated into the lower part of the buildings double-skinned façade allowing the airflow to be circulated up through the tower using the stack effect that takes advantage of the buildings height. This basically means that the structure is transformed into what is in effect a chimney that takes advantage of the difference in air pressure between the inside and outside.

The top part of the Beacon that contains the Spitfire, Hurricane and Messerschmidt Bf 109 locked in permanent battle will be entirely naturally ventilated with the aerodynamic hood of the building designed to maximise air circulation.

Unfortunately, the museum has budgeted the project at £80 million and has yet to announce any major funding contributions although they optimistically hope that the Beacon could be complete in 2015.

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