Today I’m hosting a superb image of the Royal Ontario Museum taken Catherine Benoit from The Go Fever Blog.
I must admit that I have chosen this picture because it is exactly how I remember seeing the Royal Ontario Museum for the first time back in 2008! Loved it back then, love it now :)
Photo Story: Royal Ontario Museum – ROM
One of the reasons I travel is to seek out art and architecture around the world.
There’s just something about man-made structures that is fascinating to me, from the good old’ Gizeh Pyramids to the most modernist building.
I was in Toronto last summer and walked the city as much as my feet could bear. It was my first time there, believe it or not.
Even though I live in Montreal, a mere 5-hour drive from Toronto, I had actually never visited! I didn’t have a lot of time, and a tonne of places to see.
The architectural marvel that was the highest on my must-see list was the ROM, the Royal Ontario Museum, one of the largest museums in North America.
It is a true institution in Toronto; it has become one of the city’s most touristic venues.
With its dazzling architecture and historically important collections of international art, it’s a must on any visitor’s must-see list.
The ROM was built in the early 1900s in a style that could qualify as neo-romanesque, and though it is superb, its architectural pièce de résistance was added much later, in 2007.
Called The Crystal, this addition to the existing building would serve as the museum’s entrance, in a totally different architectural style.
Made of glass and aluminium, the piece was designed by Daniel Libeskind, a famed world-renowned architect.
The actual structure isn’t attached to the pre-existing walls, and the surface is tilted in a way that walking at its side is extremely impressive.
The overpowering structure is immense and catches light and reflections in a beautiful way.
I thought it was absolutely stunning, but I later read that its building caused much controversy, as the structure was criticised for being too oppressive, or just ugly.
All I can say is that its angular design impressed me in a way that went beyond the simple aesthetics of the place.
After the museum had closed, I sat outside by the structure to look at it from different angles and thought that it was one heck of an architectural piece.
Sure, it clashes from the original building, but I found that it complimented it perfectly in Toronto’s urban landscape.
The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
It is one of the largest museums in North America, and the largest in Canada.
The museum is north of Queen’s Park, in the University of Toronto district, with its main entrance on Bloor Street West.
The Museum subway station of the Toronto Transit Commission is named after the ROM, and since 2008, it is decorated to resemble the institution’s collection.
The controversial Michael Lee-Chin “Crystal“, a multimillion-dollar expansion to the museum including a new sliding door entrance on Bloor St. first opened in 2007.
The Deconstructivist crystalline form is clad in 25 percent glass and 75 percent aluminium, sitting on top of a steel frame.
The Crystal’s canted walls do not touch the sides of the existing heritage buildings, but are used to close the envelope between the new form and existing walls.
These walls act as a pathway for pedestrians to travel safely across “The Crystal“.
The building’s design is similar to some of Libeskind’s other works, notably the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre, and the Fredric C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum.
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