CMHR lives on Google Earth in 3D

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has sprung to life on Google Earth -- one of the very few Canadian buildings ever constructed by Google’s own 3D Warehouse team. It was uploaded on March 2.

Not only can users now toggle between views of the Museum under construction (via photos taken in 2011) and the completed model, they can navigate around objects and see buildings and landmarks from all sides and all levels of zoom, skyview and ground level. Only a handful of Canadian buildings have ever been modelled by the Google 3D Warehouse, including Toronto’s Rogers Centre and buildings used for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 

Most other 3D models on Google Earth are uploaded by individual users, usually without the ability to incorporate colour and texture. The CMHR model was one of the most challenging ever built by Google project managers, who struggled with architect Antoine Predock’s complex geometry, textures and colours of Tyndall stone, concrete and massive expanses of glass. Because the model was built using the architects’ Computer Assisted Design models, it is extremely accurate and can provide viewers with detailed views of the architecture – particularly useful for those who cannot see it in person.

CMHR 3D model


CMHR’s Director of Design, New Media and Collections, Corey Timpson, approached Google with the idea in 2010, when he heard about New York’s National September 11th Memorial & Museum being constructed on Google Earth before it was built in real life. He hoped the CMHR’s role in raising awareness of human rights would entice the Google team to give the Canadian building special consideration as well.

We are very excited to see this architecturally stunning building take a place of prominence on the virtual Earth. We hope everyone who visits the Museum online will be motivated to come see the real thing when it opens in Winnipeg next year!


Very progressive...can't wait until the grand opening.

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