Feb 28, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The ROM wants to soften the jagged edges around its entrance.
There’s a plan for a sweeping three-sided public space -integrating trees and urban furniture to make the area on Bloor Street more comfortable and inviting.
The plan could cost an estimated $3-million and is loosely inspired by the civic grace of public spaces in Paris and New York.
Daniel Libeskind, the architect responsible for the ROM’s “Michael Lee-Chin ” crystal jutting over Bloor Street, will not be part of the design team.
Instead, Toronto’s “Hariri-Pontarini Architects” and Montreal landscape architect Claude Cormier will handle the designs .
The new public space would stretch from Philosopher’s Walk east along Bloor Street and turn the corner at Queen’s Park Boulevard.
The museum has set an ambitious completion date: March 19, 2014, just in time for the ROM’s centennial celebration.
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