So in the midst of all this Libeskind bashing, I thought I might contribute my part to the hazing. Last weekend, I made a visit to Toronto to visit a friend from school. We decided to go see the brand new Royal Ontario Museum, fresh from being opened no later than a week earlier. Good thing it was five dollar fridays.. because I don't think I would spend more than that to go back again.
They obviously did not finish the building before deadline... but forget scheduled openings for a minute, this building is still months from being finished! they should have not opened it, as I felt I was in the middle of a construction zone. Dirty, stained, unfinished walls, exposed wires, drywall scraps and chipped corners, to name a few.
Aside from these unfinished details that nonetheless take away from the overall feeling of the building, I didn't even like the architecture that much. All Libeskind did was take his crazy shape and cut horizontal slices through it, with hardly any double/triple height volumes. The only interesting places were the inside 'chamber/crystal' or whatever the hell you call it (which was playing eery music.. ooooow!), and the top floor where the ceiling was somewhat dynamic because there wasn't another floor above it. The 'grand stair' felt like a fire escape. The old to new connection was unnoticeable and unresolved in some places. The list goes on and on.
Anyways, they're posted on my flickr. The first half are the good shots of the ROM, the pictures that make me think for a second that maybe it's a good building. But then I look at the second half, the horrible mistakes of the ROM, and I no longer think that. Here are some previews..
The thankfully finished exterior.
The top floor textiles room.
The dirt, the dirt.
and for everyone who was wondering...
They are uncomfortable.. AND THEY DIDN'T ROTATE!!!