“The Freelon/HOK design truly captured the spirit of exploration and collaboration that is central to the Center’s mission.”
The team designed this downtown museum to enable visitors to learn about and reflect on human rights. In this “living” center, visitors will experience content through interactive exhibitions and immersive activities.
As they move between exhibits, visitors will see a courtyard. The peace of the courtyard area contrasts with the somber exhibits. Though the path through the building is clear, visitors have opportunities to discover additional content and encounter unexpected views.
The building incorporates a high-performance exterior wall assembly, state-of-the-art environmental control systems, a vegetated roof and several energy-saving features.
HOK and the Freelon Group collaborated on the design of the building, which will be located in the heart of downtown Atlanta adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The site is a few blocks west of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
LEED-NC Gold anticipated
42,000 sq. ft. / 3,900 sq. m.
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