Officially ugly

Global architecture ranking blasts addition Toronto museum


Torontonians have always had a hunch the thing was ugly. Now, that inkling has been confirmed. This week, the new addition to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum earned 8th place in Virtualtourist.com’s rankings of the “World’s Top 10 Ugly Buildings.” According to the tourism website, the “Crystal,” as Michael Lee-Chin’s ultramodern glass structure is called, leaves many “troubled by the incongruity to the original, more traditional museum that sits directly beside it.” The world’s ugliest structures were the Morris A. Mechanic Theater in Baltimore, Md., followed by the Zizkov Television Tower in Prague, Czech Republic, and “The Beehive” in Wellington, New Zealand.


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  1. The Crystal was sponsored by Michael Lee-Chin but the Architect was Daniel Liebskind. Please give "credit" where credit is due.

  2. "inkling"? It was never an inkling. We outright knew.

    The Lee-Chin crystal is original, unique, modern, and a whole lot of other things. But pretty it ain't.

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