The 'Crystal'

Featuring 3,500 tonnes of steel and 38 tonnes of bolts, the Michael Lee-Chin 'Crystal' building designed by Daniel Libeskind, was officially opened last month.

ANALYSIS, Design

Featuring 3,500 tonnes of steel and 38 tonnes of bolts, the Michael Lee-Chin 'Crystal' building designed by Daniel Libeskind, was officially opened last month. Following the launch of Renaissance ROM, an ambitious plan to transform the Royal Ontario Museum, Libeskind originally designed the striking extension on a napkin. He was the architect responsible for the Denver Art Museum as well as being a finalist for the role of master designer for Ground Zero. The design of the extension was inspired by specimens from the Museum's gem and mineral collection.

The interior of the building relies heavily on the exterior's unusual crystal shaped design. The open spaces are suitable for the 56,000ft² gallery space while the large geometric windows provide the natural light required. The exterior of the extension features 25% glass and 75% extruded brushed aluminum cladding in a warm silver colour. The Crystal extension is linked to the main building by two bridges.

The project totalled Dhs 467 million.

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