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Canadians crow about the Lee-Chin Crystal

And crow they should as on the 2 June they unveiled the completed ROM crystal extension by architect Daniel Libeskind. In an earlier post I had a small offering of images I had taken of the construction one year ago. Today we can take a birds eye view of the completed building (rather near completed) through Toronoist who was first to walk through the near finished interior.

The spaces are so angular and unique the CEO of the ROM felt a specially designed chair was required for the Museum. Daniel Libeskind and Toronto furniture designer Klaus Nienkämper have unveiled a new limited edition, custom built piece of furniture entitled the Spirit House Chair, inspired by the architectural peaks and facades of Libeskind’s Lee-Chin Crystal.

The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum
The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum

A little history for your entertainment

The Royal Ontario Museum was opened in March of 1914 and is aagency of the Province of Ontario, operated by the University oToronto until 1955. Canada’s largest museum and the fifth largest iNorth America, the ROM boasts more than six million objects in it collection. Wide-eyed children may tell you that the museum ihaunted by the nightshirt-wearing ghost of its first curator, archaeologis Charles Trick Currelly.

In the summer of 2001, the ROM launched an international search for an architect to expand and renovate the site as part of the Renaissance ROM project. About three months later and with 50 entrants, twelve international architects were chosen to pitch, narrowing down to three by December (Italy’s Andrea Bruno, Polish-born American Daniel Libeskind and Chinese-Canadian Bing Thom). In February, Daniel Libeskind was awarded the Lead Architect position for the ROM’s expansion, which would be based on a deconstructionist crystal-like design he sketched on a napkin during a family wedding at the ROM. Perhaps in a bit of romantic embellishment, Libeskind claimed the idea was inspired by the Museum’s gem and mineral collection, though the multifaceted design has already been seen in many of his other structures like the Denver Art Museum and Hong Kong’s Creative Media Centre.

Some wonderful images of the exterior via coolhunter

Interview with Daniel Libeskind
more images via coolhunter
Renaissance ROM project
ROM launch and celebrations
Torontoist photo round-up

 

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