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Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind at sunset as seen from the street
© Elliott Lewis Photography
It's always wonderful to see preserved old architecture right next to modern architecture. Or in this case, connected to each other. Studio Daniel Libeskind did an amazing job in Ontario, Canada, working on Royal Ontario Museum. The Extension to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), now called the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is situated at one of the most prominent intersections in downtown Toronto. Opened in June 2007, the Extension provides 100,000 square feet of new exhibition space, a new entrance and lobby, a street level retail shop and three new restaurants. SDL also renovated ten galleries in the existing historical building as part of this project. 


"The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal derives its name from the building’s five intersecting volumes, which are reminiscent of crystals. The intersection of two of the crystals, both dedicated to new galleries, creates a void, known as the Spirit House. A large atrium rising from below ground level to the fourth floor and criss-crossed by bridges at various levels, the Spirit House is intended to be a place of reflections for visitors. A fourth crystal, known as the Stair of Wonders, is dedicated to vertical circulation but also features exhibition vitrines at the landings. A fifth crystal houses a restaurant. The intersecting spaces of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal create a variety of atriums at different levels, affording views into galleries and other spaces within the Museum. One large atrium, known as the Gloria Hyacinth Chen Court, separates the new construction from the ROM’s existing heritage building and provides a nearly complete view of the restored heritage facades."
          -Studio Daniel Libeskind  © SDL


Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind as seen from the street along with pedestrians and trafic
© Steven Evans Photography

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind black and white photography
© SDL

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind as seen from the air at winter
© Michele Nastasi

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind at night with traffic lights
© SDL

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind close up of the facade
© Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind as seen through trees and vegetation
© Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind at night with colorful lights and toronto skyline in the background
© Royal Ontario Museum


Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind interior, restaurant
 © Sam Javanrouh

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind interior with small designed chairs and carpeting on the floor
© Michele Nastasi

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind interior, museum and dinosaur skeletons
© Michele Nastasi

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind interior, view from the balcony to the lobby
© Michele Nastasi

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind interior with museum
© Michele Nastasi

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind interior with slim windows on the roof
© Sam Javanrouh

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind and empty interior space
© Sam Javanrouh

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind and white interior with small balconies
© Sam Javanrouh

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind and the lobby where old part is connected to the new one
© Michele Nastasi

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind and interior caffee with black walls
 © Sam Javanrouh

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind and the lobby
 © Sam Javanrouh

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind and the entrance from old part to new one
© Michele Nastasi

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind and black and white staircase
 © Sam Javanrouh

Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind interior hallways
© Sam Javanrouh

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