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December 10: Canadian Museum For Human Rights

Because today is Human Rights day, why not have a look at the still in progress Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba?

As it seems, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be the first of its kind in the world, aiming to “enhance the understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue“. It has been going on since 2005 and it’s planned to be completed by 2012.

Lebanon architect, Antoine Predock was chosen by Canada’s Architectural Review Committee, after an International Architectural Competition held in 2003. According to the project website, there were “entries from 64 different countries around the world“. Predock’s entry was chosen because “[it] was one that ‘could fulfill the objectives for an inspirational building that achieves a complexity relating to the diversity of human experience.’

The Architect: Antoine Predock

Antoine Predock

For the artist, “The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is rooted in humanity, making visible in the architecture the fundamental commonality of humankind-a symbolic apparition of ice, clouds and stone set in a field of sweet grass.

The museum will be a LEED Silver Certified Building, which means that sustainability standards will be followed, making it a ‘green building’.

There will be a Tower of Hope, a winter garden, a Great Hall, and other symbolic zones throughout the building. Tyndall limestone of over 450 million years of age is one of the materials used in the construction.

It seems like there will be also “over 47,000 ft2 of exhibit space, 10 zones, and a temporary exhibition gallery where visitors will be able to examine human rights issues in depth.

O’ Canada, are you competing with Icelandic Phallological Museum?

In any case, hopefully this monument of tolerance and equality will change some of the main flaws in the country, such as the still present racism, isolation of the natives, and abuse of immigrant labour. And, of course, let us also not forget the newly passed C-10 bill.

I leave you with a few photos of the project, wishing you all a merry Human Rights day :) !




Construction workers hard at work on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights



aerial picture of downtown Winnipeg with a computer generated image of the new Museum fully built



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