Project Description

The Royal Ontario Museum underwent a transformation by combining two very different structures, one old and one new, into an integrated work of art. The “Michael A. Lee-Chin Crystal” is comprised of five intersecting, self-stabilizing volumes that added to the space and upgraded amenities to the historic 1911 building. These volumes, held securely by intricate steel frames, hold a new entrance, two larger galleries, the main stairway, elevator shafts, and a fifth volume over the historic building that houses the restaurant and some mechanical spaces.

This project was the recipient of the following awards:

  • 2009 – XVII Concorso Internazionale – “Sistema d’autore Metra”
  • 2007 – Ontario Steel Design Awards – Canada Institute of Steel Construction

LEA engineers Shahé Sagharian and Steve Holyk provided Structural Consulting Engineering Services on this project while employed at a previous firm.