The Spirit House Chandelier

published in: Design, Architecture By Yatzer, 06 May 2008

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SDL chandelier, view sparkle

Royal Ontario Museum Chandelier | Toronto, Canada

Designed by Daniel Libeskind and donated by Swarovski, the Spirit House Chandelier will be installed on the staircase between the Level 4 Institute for Contemporary Culture Gallery and the Level 5 Crystal Five (C5) Restaurant Lounge.

Completion: 2008
Royal Ontario Museum

Technical Details:
Length:29 ft.
Height: 10 ft.
Width: 10 ft.
Weight: 800 lbs.

Structure Details:

More than 100,000 Swarovski crystals wrapped around an illuminum frame.

Manufacturer: Leuchten Manufactur Wurzen GmBh

MLCC exterior (copyrights) Royal Ontario Museum

ROM interior (copyrights) Sam Javanrouh

MLCC exterior (copyrights) Royal Ontario Museum

Restaurant (copyrights) Sam Javanrouh


Michael Lee Chin Crystal Honored by Distinguished Mazagine
The Royal Ontario Museum has been selected as one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “New 7 Architectural Wonders of the World.”  Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the ROM is situated on one of the most prominent intersections in downtown Toronto and the Museum has become a dynamic center for the city.  The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, as the extension is known, opened in June of 2007 and has provided the city with dynamic new architecture, the creation of a great public attraction and 100,000 sq. ft. of new exhibition space.    
Libeskind said, “We're excited and honored by Conde Nast's recent recognition of the Royal Ontario Museum as a modern architectural wonder.  The program of the ROM provided a wonderful opportunity for dramatic  architecture and the creation of a great public attraction. 

“This building tells a uniquely specific story which crystallizes the ROM’s programmatic content and the singularity of the site.  The Crystal transforms the character of ROM into an inspired atmosphere, dedicated to the resurgence of the Museum as the dynamic center of Toronto.


Royal Ontario Museum | Toronto, Canada

This Royal Ontario Museum  project entails renovating ten new galleries in the existing historical building and creating an extension to the museum:  the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.  The new extension provides dynamic new architecture, the creation of a great public attraction and 100,000 sq. ft. of new exhibition space.  Situated on one of the most prominent intersections in downtown Toronto, the Museum becomes a dynamic center for the city.  SDL is working on this project with Van Bolts.  The Extension opened in June 2007.

Competition: 2002
Completion: 2007
Opening: 2007
Royal Ontario Museum

Technical Details:
Building Area:
18,600 sq.m. (186,000 sq.ft)

Building Details:
7 Floors
7 New Galleries
8 Renovated Galleries (to date)
3 New Restaurant
1 Retail Space
Lobby, Offices, Support Spaces

Steel structure with aluminum cladding and glass windows.

Joint Venture Partner: Bregman+ Hamann Architects
Contractor: Vanbots Construction Corp
Structural Engineer:  Arup (London), Halsall
Landscape Architect:  Quinn Design Associates
Mechanical Engineer:  Arup (London), TMP
Electrical Engineer:  Arup (London), MBII
Heritage Consultant:  ERA
Acoustic Consultant:  Valcoustics
Life Safety Consultant:  Leber/Rubes Inc.

Building Address:
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C6


ROM, studio Daniel Libeskind, Swarovski

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    LeonardT | 2010-02-25 11:39:13

    What a stunning building. When you see architecture like this it reminds you that we are capable of producing some stunning buildings - I just wish they were more commonplace rather than the drab office and apartment blocks that get put up.

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