royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, exhibit residences, angie mcmonigal
Sticking with the black & white theme and Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood, though moving from One Bloor East’s curves to the angles of our next two stops: The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Exhibit Residences. These two are neighbors, just across the street from each other.
We focused our attention on the museum extension designed by Daniel Libeskind. Jutting out from the historic building of the museum, the new area is called the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. It’s made up of five intersecting metal-clad volumes, that really do look like crystals. Interestingly, the design was inspired by crystalline forms in the ROM’s mineralogy galleries.
Complimenting all those sharp crystalline angles is the Exhibit Residences across the street from the museum. Combining the two in a single shot makes for even more angles. Plus the contrast in the darker museum facade against the bright condo facade creates a nice balance.
royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, exhibit residences, angie mcmonigal
royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, exhibit residences, angie mcmonigal
Just inside the entrance as you look up and out toward the street are the interior angles with nice shadow play from the windows.
royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, angie mcmonigal
Of course, the very angular spiral staircase is an absolute favorite! Going for the details of this space looking up…
royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, angie mcmonigal
royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, angie mcmonigal
Then looking down.
royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, angie mcmonigal
royal ontario museum, daniel libeskind, angie mcmonigal
These are just a few shots of this space. I’ve visited a few times so there are loads more where these came from right here. For all the workshop shots and locations head over here.

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