The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was constructed in 2007, as a multi-million dollar expansion to the Royal Ontario Museum located in downtown Toronto. The structure employs a Deconstructivist crystalline form, made of 25% glass and 75% aluminum sitting atop a steel frame. Designed by American-Polish architect Daniel Libsekind, it resembles some of his other notable works such as the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre.
Opening of The Crystal was met with considerable controversy. Public opinion was divided concerning the merits of its angular design, and it received scathing reviews from several architecture critics who went so far as to describe it as “oppressive, angsty, and hellish.” In fact, it has even been ranked one of the ten ugliest buildings in the world. I don’t think it’s that bad!