The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is part of Renaissance Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the museum’s renovation and expansion project that gave Toronto a distinctive new symbol. The New York architect, Daniel Libeskind, designed the new, crystal-shaped extension to complement the existing historical building.
With its 5 crystals, joined as one, the spectacular “Crystal” has itself become a unique architectural showcase. The atrium and connecting areas form the sixth crystal, closing the gap between the new and old buildings. Remarkably, the new building has no straight walls, all panels are inclined on one or two planes. The crystals have a rolled steel section skeleton construction and this main structure is then covered by horizontal cladding panels with ribbon windows.
Approx. 8,500 sqm (91,500 sq ft) of steel construction, curtain wall panel construction and 2,500 sqm (26,900 sq ft) of ribbon windows.
OWNER & CLIENT: Royal Ontario Museum
ARCHITECT: Studio Daniel Libeskind with B+H Architects, a Joint Venture
ENGINEER OF RECORD: Halsall Associates Limited
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