Spaceship Crashes into Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

Cardassian Ship Crashes Into Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto
“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.”

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5 Responses to “Spaceship Crashes into Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto”


  1. 1 Lei June 6, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    “I do not hate you Cardassian. I hate what I became because of you”

  2. 2 Vanessa Williams June 6, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Personally, I can’t stand it. For one thing, it looks vicious and unfriendly. Cardassian, indeed. A museum should be inviting. It should make you want to come in and stay awhile. Museums also celebrate tradition. The old, and worn, and comfortable. Things used and loved by people from all over the world in the *past*. Why make it look like a weapon from the future? I just don’t get it.

    As a standalone structure, something like that might well appeal to me. But bolted onto another building. And a museum, at that… just doesn’t work for me. An architect showing off. Provocation for the sake of getting attention. In a word: inappopriate.

  3. 3 Robert January 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    respecting youre opiniion i disagree with you thats a piece of art and architecture genious cant you see how the architechs wants you to feel this.
    when you see that
    !!!! rapidly want to know what is it and is very inviting its tells of the unknowon of the new, of things, you didnt know isnt that what a museam tells you and does!! cause if you go to a museam is to discover the unknown so my props to daniel libeskind i accordly considate with you on what a museam is supposed to do see it this way!!a musean is and like you said it tradition,old,new,future,ancient,!!! when you see something so abstract and lien like you imediatly want to know what is it so it invites you to come in and discover wha lies beneath is abstract cover and shel

  4. 4 Mike February 19, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Whoa Robert!!! You might want to put down the thesaurus and pick up a dictionary. Try learning how to spell before you go about extending your vocabulary.

  5. 5 Nancy January 31, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    After a few years I still think this addition to the ROM looks hideous at best and unprintably worse than that at worst. Sorry for the poor English, it matches the building however!


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