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Royal Ontario Museum - Crystal - Daniel Libeskind

The controversial renovation of the Royal Ontario Museum, 'the crystal' makes a bold statement on Bloor Street.

 

"Both loathed and loved by Torontonians, yet possessing an undeniably unique identity, the steel, aluminum and glass Crystal rises ten storeys high (37 metres) and the tip of the Crystal hangs over the sidewalk about nine storeys up. Consisting of five interlocking and self-supporting crystalline shapes, 25% of the exterior is glass (there are 52 windows), while the rest is three layers of aluminum cladding, giving it a brushed metal, corrugated appearance.

 

Toronto is finally waking up to the importance of investing in innovative architecture. Years ago, we wouldn't have expected to have large projects by Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Will Alsop being built simultaneously, and now some much needed attention is being drawn to Toronto's development.

 

An interesting by-product of Toronto's sudden interest in audacious architecture is that it gets the general public talking about buildings and neighbourhoods—a subject where Torontonians have never been particularly cohesive or informed."

 

Text from a great article at: torontoist.com/2007/05/inside_the_rom.php

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Taken on August 26, 2008