A Beacon for Human Rights Activism

19 January 2016
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The iconic National Center for Civil and Human Rights tells the story of American civil rights and powerfully connects its lessons to the global human rights movement. Enormous curved exterior walls are clad in multi-hued façade tiles that suggest multiple races coming together. The walls also create a grand architectural gesture as interlocking arms that symbolize unity and strength, protecting three levels of unique historical content in interactive exhibits, galleries, and event spaces.


Project Highlights

The elegant curving structure was carefully designed to provide adequate strength without excessive rebar congestion.

Exposed concrete ceilings, brushed-concrete columns, and angled walls accentuate the gravity of the stories told within. 

Innovative environmentally responsible foundation supports this sensitive urban site.


The project opened in 2014 to rave reviews from the public and the media and has been cited as 
a beacon for human rights activism around the world. First year attendance exceeded expectations and included thousands of school children as well as many heads of state.

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