“The Freelon/HOK design truly captured the spirit of exploration and collaboration that is central to the Center’s mission.”
Curved facades represent interlocking arms that cradle the central space, symbolizing unity and harmony. Inside, the three levels include exhibits and galleries, an event space, a broadcast studio and a retail store. The central open space was inspired by public areas in cities around the world in which protests for civil and human rights have taken place.
Moving through the building, visitors experience rich content through interactive exhibits and immersive activities. Though many of the issues explored are somber and difficult to discuss, the team designed the center to inspire conversation and action. Daylight floods the public spaces, including an overlook at the top of the central stair that serves as a spot for reflection.
Designed for LEED Gold certification, the building incorporates a high-performance exterior wall assembly, state-of-the-art environmental control systems, a vegetated roof and other energy-saving features.
HOK and the Freelon Group collaborated on the design of the building, which is in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Located a few blocks west of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the museum is expected to draw 400,000 visitors annually.
LEED-NC Gold anticipated
42,000 sq. ft. / 3,900 sq. m.
American Concrete Institute – First Place Award, Low-Rise Buildings
Urban Land Institute Atlanta Chapter - Development of Excellence Award
Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best in Real Estate Awards - Best in Design
AIA North Carolina – Merit Award
AIA Georgia – Honor Award
National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) - President’s Award
30 June 2015
“Southern Belles: Seven Museums in the American South”
28 July 2014
“Center for Civil and Human Rights Opens Its Doors to Atlanta”
14 July 2014
“Atlanta Unveils the National Center for Civil and Human Rights”
3 July 2014
“Phil Freelon, HOK Design National Civil and Human Rights Center in Atlanta”
24 June 2014
“Center for Civil and Human Rights Opens in Downtown Atlanta”
23 June 2014
“The Newest Reason to Visit Atlanta”
Conde Naste Traveler
23 June 2014
“The Rise of the Civil Rights Museum”
22 June 2014
“The Harmony of Liberty”
The New York Times
20 April 2014
“Atlanta Civil Rights Museum Focuses on Stories, Not Memorials”
7 March 2014
“Best Design in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards”
Atlanta Business Chronicle