“It looks like a Cardassian spaceship crashed into a castle,” says my friend Dré as we cruise by, gawking at the new ROM which opened to the public this June, 2007. Designed by Daniel Libeskind on a cocktail napkin, this celebrated and reviled work of modern architecture will continue to provoke commentary.
Hima Bativia from The Cool Hunter has this to say: “To be precise, world-enthused architect Daniel Libeskind, who also recently won the 2002 contest to replace New York’s World Trade Centre, faxed the napkins in. Since then, the 56,000 square foot renovation has brewed several controversies amongst Torontonians and architecture buffs – as does any visionary, so they say. While some praise its bold design marked for its angle specific complexity, others believe it’s an audacity to a heritage monument. On the other hand, some just think it resembles an alien ship from space. At least it has got people talking.”
What’s your opinion?