ROM announces plans for huge new outdoor plaza and performance space

Apr 17 2018, 12:49 pm

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has announced the next phase of its massive revitalization project, which includes an outdoor plaza and performance space along Bloor Street.

Titled the Helga and Mike Schmidt Performance Terrace and the Reed Family Plaza, the new project is part of the Museum’s Welcome Project, an ongoing effort to “enhance the ROM’s presence on the Bloor Street corridor.”

The new initiatives are expected to be completed in early 2019 and will provide museum visitors with a “vibrant streetscape and outdoor gathering space beside the Museum’s Bloor Street entrance.”

Designed by Toronto architect Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, the project will span 5,500 square feet and was made possible by contributions from Helga Schmidt, and Nita and Don Reed.

The plaza, which runs along the Museum’s north-facing facade, will serve as a gathering space complete with plants and seating areas for visitors.

The outdoor performance and event space is located on the northwest corner of the Museum overlooking Philosophers’ Walk. This open-air venue will host live music and theatre performances.

This new addition follows the reopening of the Weston Entrance this past December, which re-connects the Museum to one of the most prominent street addresses in Canada, Queen’s Park.

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