Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I just moved back to Canada.
This is the new Michael Lee Chin 'Crystal' extension to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. It's still not finished but I can see why people are so excited about it. Toronto has seen a drop in visitors the last few years and it's hoped that this building will help energise the city and reverse the decline in visitors.
I like the concept of the building, it almost seems to be lurching out of the ground and absorbing the original museum building. What I don't like so much are the materials used, the stripy cladding and the 'Mondrian-style' windows look very 80s to me. I find myself wishing the whole building were covered in glass, as the name suggests it would be. Still, I think it will do the job, there's already a palpable buzz in the city and other projects are afoot, like Gehry's 'Transformation' of the Art Gallery of Ontario. It's definitely an interesting time to be in Toronto.
Shot of the day