WONDERING WHAT’S BEHIND THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM’S HOARDING ON BLOOR WEST?

A performance space and landscaped plaza will be open to the public in early 2019 on the north side of the venerable Royal Ontario Museum.  Funded by lead donors Helga Schmidt, & Nita and Don Reed the project, occupying the foreground of the Michael Lee-Chin ‘Crystal’, will make the ROM’s presence more profound.  Under construction right now – 5,000 square-feet of exterior space, gardens, outdoor seating, and an open-air stage for live music and performances overlooking Philosopher’s Walk.

<Looking east along the Bloor Street, RENDERING – Hariri Pontarini Architects>

“TORONTO is a wonderful city and it’s becoming increasingly dense. I’ve been talking to people about the need to have green spaces: places where people really feel welcome and not just a pretty place that you’re supposed to look at,” says JOSH BASSECHES, ROM Director & CEO“The plaza will create a seamless link between the Museum & (the street) and . . . bring people together in the heart of the city.”

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THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM MARKS 100 YEARS @ BLOOR & QUEENS PARK

The Royal Ontario Museum (the ROM) has announced four major projects to celebrate its Centennial . . . . .  #1.  A Welcome Project will transform the vast interior lobby.  2.  A new performance space and ‘outdoor gallery’ will be designed by acclaimed TORONTO firm, Hariri Pontarini Architects and landscape architect Claude Cormier. It will run from Philosopher’s Walk to the corner of Queen’s Park.  3.  A Gallery of Early Life about the most ancient living things is on the way.  4.  A Director’s Fund for digitizing the ROM’s collections for greater access, and a Programming Fund to animate the Museum’s 8 Centres of Discovery.

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