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Royal Ontario Museum

Some of you could not restrain their curiosity and discovered that the graphic compositions of my previous post, are details of the facade of the Crystal expansion of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Today three images that give a good view of this extravagant expansion of the ROM and the connection to the existing traditional buildings of the museum.

The Royal Ontario Museum opened its doors in 1914. The museum expanded regularly, but always in a traditional architectural style that matched the existing architecture.

The last expansion, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal from 2007 breaks with this conservative vision.
The world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind was inspired by the crystalline forms in the mineralogy galleries of the ROM.
Libeskind created a structure of organically interlocking prismatic forms. The crystalline structure is clearly recognizable in the design.
The new building appears to emerge from the old buildings, just as crystals often appear to come from rough rock.

A very daring approach where the new structure does not seem to have a relation with the old architecture. Yet most will experience that this happened here in a very creative, honest manner with a lot of respect for the old building. I hope to show how this is also realized in the interior in my next post

"Why should one expect the new addition to the ROM to be 'business as usual'? Architecture in our time is no longer an introvert's business. On the contrary, the creation of communicative, stunning and unexpected architecture signals a bold re-awakening of the civic life of the museum and the city." Daniel Libeskind

Perhaps we can describe the Crystal as a brilliant gem set in a beautiful golden background.

■ Picture 1: ◄ New meets Old ►

■ Picture 2: ◄ View from the North West ►

■ Picture 3: ◄ View from the North East ►

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