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Aerial view of Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, a redefined skyline for Toronto, June 2007
Creator: Brian Boyle
Date of Image: June 2007
Other Media: Podcast: Opening Highlights
ROM Links: Michael Lee-Chin Crystal
Museum ID Number: ROM2007_9324_4
Image Number: ROM2007_9324_4

The Toronto skyline is redefined with the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal positioned as the newest landmark in the heart of the city.

Designed by internationally-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the shape of the new building was inspired by specimens from the ROM’s gem and mineral collection. The design was quickly dubbed the ‘crystal’ because of its crystalline shape. It is comprised of five interlocking, self-supporting prismatic structures that co-exist but are not attached to the original ROM building, except for the bridges that link them. With no right angles, this structure offers a myriad of unique angles including sharp corners, high-peaked ceilings, and veering planes with sloped and curved walls.

The Lee-Chin Crystal is the centerpiece of Renaissance ROM, the Museum's renovation and expansion project. The new addition coincides with a building boom among the city’s cultural institutions and arts organizations —“Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance”.

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