The program of the Royal Ontario Museum provides a wonderful opportunity for dramatic new architecture and the creation of a great public attraction. This building tells a unique and a particular story which crystallizes ROM’s programmatic content and the singularity of the site. The Crystal transforms the secretive and fortress-like character of ROM, turning it into an inspired atmosphere dedicated to the resurgence of the Museum as the dynamic centre of Toronto.The historical buildings, complemented by forward looking and bold architecture form an ensemble which regenerates the urban significance of the Museum, solving complex functional issues whilst simultaneously dramatically improving exhibitions, facilities, programming and amenities. The Museum becomes a luminous beacon, a veritable showcase of people, events, objects, transforming the entire museum complex into a world-class destination.Visitors enter into a spectacular atrium in which the two themes of the Museum, Nature and Culture, are distinctly thematized through the interlocking spatial volumes with tantalizing glimpses of the exhibitions above. The entire ground level is unified into a seamless space from North to South and from East to West. The resulting clarity of circulation and access creates a transparency in which the inherited architecture and new construction form equilibrium of imaginative unity.