Canadian Museum for Human Rights – Winnipeg, Manitoba

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This piece has been described as being Frank Gehry lite, but we think it deserves more fanfare and fewer critical comments. All contemporary museum’s design carry a lot of weight. Expected to be civic landmarks, revenue generators and tourism drivers, the buildings are measured more for their ability to be memorable, than to perform as exhibit loudspeakers. The CMHR “seeks to manifest a symbolic apparition of ice, clouds and stone, all set in a landscape of greenery. The architecture is carved into the earth and dematerializes into reflections of the sky, while interiors are designed to recreate a metaphorical journey through life.” All in all, a modern and stunning addition to the Winnipeg skyline (and bottom line).

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