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Old June 29th, 2007, 11:12 AM   #161
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Great shots! I need to find time to pay a visit!
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 10:12 PM   #162
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Here are some pics of mine from just after the opening.....


A view of how the 'crystals' converge at the entry door.....


A shot of the roof from inside....


And all around the interior....

















Fun leaning about.....
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Old July 5th, 2007, 02:27 AM   #163
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fantastic shots.
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Old July 5th, 2007, 11:41 AM   #164
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This was under development when I was in Toronto early last year. Good to see it finished, looks great.
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Old July 7th, 2007, 10:58 AM   #165
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Some more pics from oot and aboot the Crystal....


Going on in......


Stopping to look at the model.






The entryway.


The coatcheck.


The Atrium.




Up the stairs....


Looking down through the 'Spirit House' void, to the diamond-like Libeskind-designed stainless steel chairs at ground level.


Looking up through the 'Spirit House'....


Back up the stairs...


Looking down through the 'Spirit House' again...


'Attic' floor, (high front-right Crystal on model)


Other half of 'Attic' floor, (high front-left Crystal on model)


Down in the basement exhibition hall....




Back outside. Front view of North Facade(s) facing Bloor Street.


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Old July 7th, 2007, 08:39 PM   #166
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reminds me of the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

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Old July 7th, 2007, 08:47 PM   #167
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Was it also a Liebskind addition?
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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #168
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A Crystal with its fair share of wrinkles
19 May 2007
The Globe and Mail

TORONTO -- Rain fell for much of this past week. Yet at a press conference to unveil a stunning star sapphire that will be displayed to herald the new Teck Cominco geology galleries, Royal Ontario Museum CEO William Thorsell was smiling.

He wasn't supposed to be: Rain derails the hour-by-hour work schedule to complete the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, designed by Daniel Libeskind. Rain idles the 43 ironworkers still installing the Crystal's exterior cladding. Rain costs money.

Perhaps Thorsell was buoyed by thoughts of the newly opened Libeskind-designed Denver Museum of Art, now fenced off so that workers can repair its dripping roof. Said Thorsell: “Last night, Toronto went through an absolute car wash of a downpour – and no leaks.”

A master of sangfroid, this man. As of mid-May, it is still touch and go as to whether Toronto's own Libeskind will be ready. By declaring that the June opening will be “architectural” (i.e. the new building will be mostly empty), Thorsell turned the potential humiliation of a job that is a year and a half behind its original schedule (and $50-million in the red) into a grand opportunity for the public to inspect an icon in progress. A shipment of 19 Spirit House chairs — cubist objects of 14-gauge stainless steel, Libeskind-designed and made by Toronto furniture-maker Klaus Nienkämper — will add grace notes to the Crystal's mostly empty spaces.

But stunning chairs and architecture won't deter the City of Toronto's fire, electrical and structural inspectors, who must decide whether to issue the Crystal its pass papers. “No permit is ever cleared at time of occupancy,” says Kim Dobson, a district chief at Toronto Fire Services. “Standpipe systems for fire hoses, sprinkler and smoke-control systems – if areas of a building aren't secure, they have to be sealed from the general public.”

Two weeks ago, mechanical inspectors took issue with one of the new elevators, costing precious days of delay. Four of the six elevators are now working, but not the freight elevator, which has complicated the installation of the inaugural exhibition, Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History, at the Institute of Contemporary Culture in its new home atop the Crystal.

To cope with the elevator issue, Thorsell said, ROM staff members were using the biggest passenger elevator, the one designed to take an entire school class, to haul “stuff.” Said Doug Ferris of Fujitec Elevator, “We're definitely working overtime on this one.”

If there are more problems, what will that mean? Havoc for the ROM's sold-out gala Friday, June 1, and for the next day, when organizers of the Luminato festival anticipate that the new ROM Plaza will be the site of a free outdoor evening concert, culminating with Governor-General Michaėlle Jean officially “lighting the Crystal” – illuminating the festival and the ROM in one dramatic moment.

There's still time for one last spanner in the works. The Crystal has had plenty, right from the start.

In the three years that lapsed between the ROM project being priced and going to tender, steel prices nearly doubled, according to John Martin, project director of Vanbots Construction, the main construction company involved. But that didn't affect Toronto's other “cultural build” projects, such as the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts or the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, as much as it did the ROM.

The real problem was the complexity of Libeskind's design. Because it had almost no 90-degree angles, the structural-steel contractors, Walters Inc. of Hamilton, had to invent new systems. As they fell behind schedule, each delay affected the next stage.

The Crystal's steep angles threatened to turn into an avalanche machine overhanging Bloor Street. Project architect Thore Garbers, from Libeskind's Berlin studio, saved the day by inventing a two-layer cladding system to prevent snow from forming heavy, potentially dangerous loads, instead dispersing it onto the warmer layer beneath, where it would melt and flow into hidden gutters.

But his intricate cladding design created more delays. Last August, after a flurry of lawyers' letters underlining contractual obligations having to do with completion dates, the contractor, Josef Gartner & Co., agreed to make good the cost (hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe more) of finishing the job.

The exterior should be done this coming week, says Gartner superintendent Paul Ranieri. “We have no contingency plan. We just have to be out of there.”

What Toronto will make of its new Libeskind is a matter of hot debate. But there's no doubt that his design has changed the way its citizens think about streetscapes. Recently two 12-year-olds were overheard as they glanced up at the almost-complete Crystal. Remarked one: “They used to line up all the windows in a row.” Noting a nearby building with just such windows, the other replied, “Lines are for losers.”

ROM by the numbers

3,400 tons
Amount of steel in the Crystal

38 tons
Weight of bolts

180
Number of workers at peak of construction

25
Percentage of the Crystal's exterior that is glass

75
Percentage of the Crystal's exterior that is oxidized anodized aluminum

16,200 (174,000)
Square metres (square feet) of the Crystal

5,200
Amount in square metres of new exhibition gallery space

52
Number of windows (various sizes)

36.5 metres
Highest point

9 storeys
Height of overhang

$135-million
Cost of Crystal construction (not including galleries)
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Old September 7th, 2007, 04:48 AM   #169
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The exterior looks quite bold and sleek. I'm not digging the flourescents though Toronto deserves better-halogen tracks would look nicer IMO
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Old September 7th, 2007, 05:05 AM   #170
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Very inspiring spaces. Great pics.
Amazing what "the hands of man" can do and what the computer age has allowed us to do architecturally.
This is a real success story for Toronto.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 03:41 PM   #171
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When do the exhibits open? Or did that happen already?
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Old September 26th, 2007, 05:34 PM   #172
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No, won't be til somewhere from Christmas to Spring. I am thrilled with excitement to see inside then...
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Old September 27th, 2007, 07:31 AM   #173
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Crazy design.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 09:13 AM   #174
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Old October 31st, 2007, 02:03 PM   #175
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I almost forgot about this one. It's such a long wait till the first exhibits. You'd think they would have had one by now.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 09:41 AM   #176
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Spirit House Chair by Daniel Libeskind


Here is the chandelier designed by Libeskind




Designed by Daniel Libeskind and donated by Swarovski, the Spirit House Chandelier will be installed on the staircase between the Level 4 Institute for Contemporary Culture Gallery and the Level 5 Crystal Five (C5) Restaurant Lounge.

Technical Details:
Dimensions:
Length:29 ft.
Height: 10 ft.
Width: 10 ft.
Weight: 800 lbs.


Structure Details:
More than 100,000 Swarovski crystals wrapped around an illuminum frame.
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ROM wants city to move street vendors from view of Crystal
28 November 2007
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The Royal Ontario Museum is trying to shoo a handful of long-time hot-dog and ice-cream vendors away from its dramatically renovated building because they don't fit with its “glitzy” new image, deputy mayor Joe Pantalone says.

Changes to the vendors' permits, watered down but still approved yesterday by the Toronto and East York community council, were an attempt to force them out of business by moving them to sites where their sales will sink, Mr. Pantalone charged.

“I think it is simply wrong. I think the city is more than glitzy arts or other places,” Mr. Pantalone (Ward 19, Trinity Spadina) told councillors, saying many street vendors are immigrants struggling to make a living. “It's also people who are operating food carts. And that's what it's about. To me it is a question of social equity here.”

A museum spokesman denied the ROM was trying to put street vendors out of business.

“We're not opposed to vendors in the area of the museum,” ROM spokesman Francisco Alvarez said yesterday.

“We're working with the city to determine the best locations for them. And we're hoping that we can find an arrangement that allows them to remain profitable.”

The original plan, approved by city bureaucrats, would have moved four city permits – three hot-dog carts and one ice-cream truck – south down Queen's Park Crescent to sites clustered around the museum subway station.

A report by city staff says the museum's new Daniel Libeskind-designed “Crystal” front entrance, which the ROM has said cost $270-million, was part of the reason for the changes.

The moves, the report says, were necessary “in order to accommodate an unobstructed view of the new Royal Ontario Museum entrance and facilitate access to the Queen's Park entrance for tour groups and school excursions.”

After the community council heard from the hot-dog vendors' lawyer, a compromise motion by the Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity Spadina), left one cart, belonging to Marko Vatchourov, 53, essentially untouched, moving just three metres south on Queen's Park Crescent.

Another cart, operated by his wife, Milka, 49, on the southwest corner of Bloor Street West, was given a reprieve while city staff engage in negotiations on a new place for it.

A third hot-dog cart and an ice-cream truck were both moved south, but, according to a hand-drawn map, not as far as originally proposed. George Demos, 62, said he had been selling food in front of the museum's former front door since he came to Canada from Greece 40 years ago. He said his truck is not in anyone's way, sitting in front of what used to be the museum's main entrance on Queen's Park Crescent.

While acknowledging the end of his “life as an ice-cream man” was near, Mr. Demos warned the move might ruin his business: “If they push me by the subway, I think it is going to be a zero.”
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The new extension of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto - Photo posted by Skybean (photographer unknown):

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Buildings from Dubai to China to New York highlight a magazine's list of the world's best designs.

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NEW YORK - From the tall tower in Dubai to a contemporary art museum on New York's Lower East Side, noteworthy architecture is springing up around the globe. Conde Nast Traveler's April issue picks seven designs as the "new seven wonders of the architecture world." They are:

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-Cumulus, an exhibit hall at Danfoss Universe, a science and technology museum in Nordborg, Denmark. The building has an irregular roof, all curves and angles, like a bite taken out of a cloud.

-Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, which is under construction in the Middle East and is already more than 1,700 feet tall. The final height is a secret but its developer, Emaar Properties, has previously said it will stop somewhere above 2,275 feet and will exceed 160 floors.

-London's new Wembley Stadium, which seats 90,000 with no obstructed sight lines. A massive 436-foot-tall, 1,000-foot-long single arch braces the retractable roof. The stadium will be a centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics.

-New Museum of Contemporary Art, designed to resemble an off-kilter stack of silvery rectangles, located on the Bowery on Manhattan's once-seedy, now-trendy Lower East Side.

-Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., a curved roof made from a patterned grid of glass and steel above shallow pools in the courtyard of the Old Patent Office Building, also known as the Reynolds Center and home to the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

-Red Ribbon, Tanghe River Park, in Qinhuangdao, China, about 180 miles east of Beijing, a steel bench that runs a third of a mile through a riverbank garden and ecological oasis.

-The Crystal, a controversial new entryway and exhibit space at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, whose sharp, even jagged angles have not been universally loved by the locals. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind.
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