Constructing Unique Designs

The ROM Michael Lee-​Chin Crystal

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The sculptural design for the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is truly original. Developing the vision into reality required detailed planning and innovation in local construction techniques. Our team addressed the issues that arose when cladding elements from Germany called for a construction process that was unfamiliar to local contractors. Without altering the original design intent, structural details were modified accordingly.


The design is composed of five interlocking, self-supporting prismatic structures that create the whole and is the main focal point of this heritage building. Creating a new landmark entrance along busy Bloor Street, the crystal informs cultural discovery in a way that provides a rare and innovative visitor experience. Through an unconventional and dynamic gallery space, visitors are taken on an unexpected journey. The crystal has added significance to The ROM and has raised its status to make it a world-class destination.