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Architectural Gingerbread

“The Museum of Ginger Rights / Le Musee des Droits Pain d’Epice” is a tasty interpretation of Antoine Predock’s ethereal design for the “Canadian Museum for Human Rights / Le Musée Canadien des Droits de la Personne,” now under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The gingerbread model was constructed using state-of-the-art 3-D modeling software and rapid-prototyping machinery to form the component parts of this highly complex structure.
FitzGerald Associates Architects deployed an existing 3-D model—developed by FitzGerald in its role as 3-D Modeling Consultant to the architectural team over the last two years—to help create the 1:300 scale gingerbread structure in partnership with Columbian Model and Exhibit Works. Using software files from FitzGerald, the modelers at Columbian used laser cutting and CNC technology to fashion the model’s component parts. Assembly of the model consumed twenty-four bags of Betty Crocker gingerbread cookie mix, 24 sticks of margarine, six cans of Pillsbury frosting and countless colorful sprinkles. To the best of the team’s knowledge, this was the first time lasers were used to cut gingerbread.
The actual museum was designed by noted architect Antoine Predock of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Smith Carter Architects of Winnipeg, Manitoba is the architect of record. The museum scheduled to open in 2012, is designed to enhance the understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue; appropriate themes for this holiday season.