Canadian Museum for Human Rights Modern ARCHITECTURE in Winnipeg

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was officially opened on September 19, 2014. As first new national museum located outside Canada's National Capital Region of Ottawa-Gatineau, it is dedicated to the exploration of human rights to enhance public understanding, promote respect and to encourage reflection and dialogue.

Human Rights Museum Side Entrance
The museum's architecture is based on a design from Antoine Predock who envisioned visitors entering the museum from its bottom, lead through the Great Hall and, through a series of ramps and spaces, up to the Tower of Hope.
View of the Museum's Mountain
"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. Carved into the earth and dissolving into the sky on the Winnipeg horizon, the abstract ephemeral wings of a white dove embrace a mythic stone mountain of 450 million year old Tyndall limestone in the creation of a unifying and timeless landmark for all nations and cultures of the world." - Antoine Predock
The Tower of Hope
The Tower of Hope is accessed by taking the spiral staircase or the elevator to the top platform of the tower. The tower rises to 100 metres and offers a panoramic view of the City of Winnipeg.
The Cloud
Huge sheets of glass create the Cloud which wraps the building in its southwest face and symbolizes the wrapped wings of a dove.
The Atrium
Natural light enters the museum through the glass front and illuminates the upper levels where the museum's offices are located.
The Skywalk
Staircases leading to the Tower of Hope provide great views of Winnipeg.
The Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge as viewed from the Towerk of Hope
The Alabaster Ramps provide routes between the eleven galleries of the museum's Mountain. The ramps are clad in pale alabaster and internally illuminated. Walking on the crisscrossing ramps offers views of a series of canyons rising up to eight stories.
Twin Elevators
The Atrium
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a modern architectural marvel. Although the exhibits it contains are important, the building itself is as a visual spectacle both inside and out.

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