Another unique design by Daniel Libeskind – Imperial War Museum North is located in Greater Manchester, England. It occupies a site overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford Park. The museum explores the impact of modern conflicts on people and society. It opened in July 2002 and received 470,000 visitors in its first year. The museum is a prime example of Deconstructivist architecture. It features a permanent exhibition of chrnological and thematic displays.
The design concept is a globe shattered into fragments and then reassembled. Three fragments representing eath, air and water comprise the building’s form. The Earth Shard forms the museum space, signify the earthly realm of conflict and war. The Air Shard serves as an entry into the museum. The Water Shard forms the platform for viewing the canal, with a restaurant, cafe and deck.