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Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's official! The ROM Crystal is the 8th ugliest building in the world has released its second annual list of the world's ugliest buildings, and world-class Toronto has made the list. The Michael Lee Chin Crystal, Daniel Libeskind's addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, comes in at number eight. The website rather politely says:
What I.M. Pei’s pyramid is to the Louvre, so is the relatively new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal to the Royal Ontario Museum. While many praise the glass structure, just as many are troubled by the incongruity to the original, more traditional museum that still sits directly beside it.

When contacted by the National Post, David McKay, the ROM's communications co-ordinator, declined comment.
“We won’t be commenting. I guess the only thing I can say is that we won’t be saying anything.”

Sensible policy, Mr. McKay. As my mother always said, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

(If you're interested in my previous rants about Toronto's ugliest building, go here, here, here, here and here. )


AEK said...

From the outside, the ROM looks like the after-effects of a devastating earthquake leaving a toppled and mangled glass and steel structure intruding on the other building's space.

Maybe they should apply for disaster relief funding to repair the awful carnage.

kursk said...

I came to the ROM as a child because it looked neat and old..the perfect place to see dinosaurs and suits of armour.The building, in its Neo Gothic style suited its contents.

The addition was a tragic mistake in self indulgence.