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Canadian Museum for Human Rights


  • Short description: Treatment of the surfaces in the Garden of Contemplation at the Canadian Museum.
  • Intervention date: 2016
  • Materials: Natural stone and Agglomerates

Designed by architect Antoine Predock of Architecture49, the iconic, eco-focused museum occupies a site of around 261,500 square feet and comprises 11 galleries over seven levels. FILAMP90 ECO PLUS Water Based Natural Look Sealer was chosen to provide safe and effective stain protection for the basalt stone throughout the Museum’s Garden of Contemplation. It was specified by Picco Engineering and supplied / installed by Stone Contractor, Brxton Construction LP for Main Construction Manager, PCL Construction.  
Located on a site that has been a meeting place for indigenous people for thousands of years, near the forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the national museum is the first to have been built outside the capital. Its distinct design, according to LEED Silver standards, features glass, limestone, steel and concrete which wrap around and cocoon the building’s exterior. The light-filled Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation sits in an atrium beneath the massive glass “cloud” and the spiral staircase leading to the shining Tower of Hope; vertical and horizontal surfaces, formed from over 600 tones of black basalt stone, fill the space.

VOC-free FILAMP90 ECO PLUS was selected to protect the volcanic basalt stone without altering its distinct, charcoal tone or forming a surface film. The high performance, ready-to-use solution is designed for the safe treatment of polished and unpolished stone and concrete in interior and exterior spaces, while providing protection against oil and water based stains. It has GEV-EMICODE® - ec1 Plus certification, contributes towards LEED credits and is certified food safe. The product can be used together with aesthetic wax treatments, including FILAMATT and FILASATIN.