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Winnipeg's "Tower of Pisa"?
As Canada's only national museum outside of the capital city Ottawa, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights hopes to draw visitors from around the world to study human rights issues -- and to admire its radical design. Many believe that, like other famous buildings around the world, the Museum will immediately be associated with its host city. Writing for the Globe and Mail, Roy MacGregor writes,
"Architect Antoine Predock's curious masterpiece will not be finished for at least another year, but already the striking construction site has emerged as a symbol for the new Winnipeg. At the start of the second decade of the 21st century, Winnipeg is a city reveling in the return of its National Hockey League team, the Jets, the beginning of a new university football stadium, the opening of a brand-new airport and – perhaps most indicative of all that this urban centre has arrived: a monstrous new IKEA store.
The $310-million museum project stands high over the Forks at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. It is far enough removed from the city centre it is hoped to revitalize that it appears like a monolith, something so unexpected that even in the infancy of its construction, passersby stop and stare up, jaws dropping at the unconventional design...And when visitors look up at the tower from outside, the hope is that they will see this, potentially, as Winnipeg's Tower of Pisa, its Eiffel Tower, its Sydney Opera House."