Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The late Israel Asper, a philanthropist and founder of CanWest Global Communications Corporation, had a vision for a museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration, and future of human rights. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), the first museum of its kind in the world, is a fulfillment of that dream, with the intention of building not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but to promote a new era of global human rights leadership.
The pioneering facility, located in downtown Winnipeg, aims to engage Canadians and international visitors in an immersive, interactive experience and to create inspiring encounters with the foundational principles of human rights, offering both the inspiration and tools to help visitors make a difference in the lives of others. Museum patrons are welcomed as partners on a journey to erase barriers and initiate meaningful, lasting change.
The project was a joint venture of Canadian municipal, provincial, and national governments as well as The Asper Foundation, who spearheaded the initiative and obtained generous private funding. Founded by the Canadian Parliament through amendments to the country’s Museums Act on March 13, 2008, the CMHR was established as a center of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to take action against hate and oppression.
This unique museum project also had unusual building requirements. Its roof is comprised of three sections:
- a base with green roofing;
- the “Cloud,” a wrapped section, which includes the glass tower; and
- the “Mountain.”
Winnipeg-based Oakwood Roofing was the contracting firm responsible for sections two and three of the roof. After receiving plans from the building’s design team, Oakwood did a careful assessment of the unique building and recommended some changes that would result in a better roofing system with easier installation. A roof system combining products from IKO was devised to meet the building’s particular needs. Two of its key components were polyiso roof insulation and a layer of high-density polyiso cover board which was added to provide durability to the roof surface and increase valuable insulative R-value to improve building energy performance.
Learn more about this project here.