The expansion and renovation of the AGO increases the exhibition space by nearly half the original size and reorganizes the internal circulation within the museum.
The Museum's main exterior has been transformed by the addition of an elevated facade, made of gently curving glass and Douglas Fir, which stretches a full city block. This facade, which encloses a sculpture promenade, allows for natural light to enter the building and connects the gallery to the community outside.
The main entry lobby has been relocated to align the entrance
with the historical core of the museum. A "Meeting Place" at the
corner of Dundas and McCaul Street is accessible to pedestrians and
includes retail shops, restaurants, a theatre, and a space for
contemporary art projects.
The integration of natural light throughout the building, including a new glass roof over Walker Court and a light-filled walkway around its upper perimeter, brings light into the core of the building.
Light and exposure of the surrounding environment are key
elements in the renovation of AGO. Natural light from multiple
skylights in the galleries as well as the glass facades enhance the
viewing experience within the museum.
Extensive glazing on both the north and south facades allow visitors to experience the surrounding cityscape from the Gallery interior.
Facts about AGO
Renovation area of 182,000 ft2
New construction area: 96,000 ft2
Gehry Partners, LLP
Project Partner: Brian Aamoth
Project Manager / Architect: Jeffrey Wauer
Monica Valtierra Day
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles Engineering, Inc
Mechanical Engineer: H.H. Angus
Electrical Engineer: Mulvey + Banani International, Inc.
Lighting Consultant: L'Observatoire International
Civil Engineer: R.V. Anderson Assoicates, Ltd.
Acoustical Engineer: Aercoustics Engineering Limited
Historical Architectural Consultant: ERA Architects
Photographed by Thomas Mayer
Last updated: December 19, 2013