Scheduled to be completed in 2005, Daniel Libeskind’s crystalline redesign of the Royal Ontario Museum begins to show progress. The $94 Million (USD) budgeted design (loved by some, hated by others) features a huge glass canopy of crystal that will extend over an indoor park space on the Bloor Street side of the building. One interesting aspect of the design for the crystal ROM, is that it leans out from the property, over the sidewalk and passersby.
With a renewed interest in its buildings and their relevance, the museum expansion is just one of many projects that is happening in our growing Toronto. Could this growth be a rebuttal to the explosion of bland condo towers in recent years?
Will Alsop’s OCAD expansion had spectators split over the design and the AGO facelift opened up old wounds for the Grange Park area residents who were not included in the plans. After the unveiling, the architect and former Grange-area resident himself, Frank Gehry altered his design out of respect for the residents and addressed their concerns over the buildings impact on the bordering park. Controversy aside, Toronto seems interested in architecture again and will definitely get some positive publicity around the world for its thought-provoking buildings.
Above is a photo of the ROM construction site, taken mid-November. Torontoist will be following the build and providing some regular insight into star architect Libeskind’s vision and persona before the building’s completion. Pictures of the completed design can be found on the architect’s site, so take a look [click the pics at the top of the page] and weigh-in with your comments. Love it? Hate it? Which side is up?