CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Winnipeg, Canada
2004, Unbuilt

This museum, an entry in an international competition, is a recall of the Hindustan Lever Pavilion (Delhi, 1961). The epic struggle for Human Rights generates the architectural form-not only in the exterior massing, but also in the powerful and primordial spaces that lie within. Beyond the Great Hall, are located the 4 Theme Pavilions, grouped around the Garden of Contemplation, in a manner which allows visitors to experience these pavilions in the order they prefer.

As one goes though the exhibits, the floor levels of the pavilions are successively raised, symbolizing the gradual ascent of humankind through the centuries. The final release comes at the highest level, as one enters the Garden of Contemplation, with the daylight streaming through the glass roof above-bringing with it the crucial element of hope, so essential to the journey.

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