National Center for Civil and Human Rights 163
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Moving through the building, visitors
HOK and the Freelon Group collaborated on
Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human
experience rich content through interactive
the design of the building, which is in the heart
Rights, which educates visitors about the rich
exhibits and immersive activities. Though
of downtown Atlanta. Located a few blocks
history of the civil rights movement across the
many of the issues explored are somber and
west of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National
Annual EUI: 87 kBTU / sf / yr
US while helping them connect lessons of the
difﬁcult to discuss, the team designed the
Historic Site, the museum is expected to draw
8.8% below national average
past to present-day issues.
center to inspire conversation and action.
400,000 visitors annually.
Daylight ﬂoods the public spaces, including Curved facades represent interlocking arms
an overlook at the top of the central stair that
that cradle the central space, symbolizing
serves as a spot for reﬂection.
unity and harmony. Inside, the three levels include exhibits and galleries, an event space,
Designed for LEED Gold certiﬁcation, the
a broadcast studio and a retail store. The
building incorporates a high-performance
central open space was inspired by public
exterior wall assembly, state-of-the-art
areas in cities around the world in which
environmental control systems, a vegetated
protests for civil and human rights have
roof and other energy-saving features.
◄ main entrance
2015 design annual
The concept of unity drove the design of
42,000 sq. ft. / 3,900 sq. m.