The deployment of shapes and geometry artistically makes the building stand out and makes it interesting. The ROM has a kind of spectacle appeal, a sensational quality it was supposed to have created by the stark contemporary contrast to its immediate historical context.
Tom Bessai, Director of Architectural Studies at the University of Toronto, “ROM Crystal named one of world’s ugliest buildings”
This is the sort of architecture-speak that turned me off architecture at UofT. So glad to see it’s alive and well.