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Daniel Libeskind's first building in the UK

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Daniel Libeskind's first building in the UK, the £30 million Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, opens this week.

This building, a 'striking emblem'of the effects of war, is based on the concept of a world shattered by conflict - a fragmented globe reassembled in three interlocking shards.The Earth Shard houses the main exhibition space and the special exhibitions gallery.The Air Shard provides the main entrance and viewing platform, and the Water Shard has a 160seat restaurant (pictured).

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