Art Gallery of Ontario Stage III–Transformation AGO—Feature Elements

One of the largest art museums in North America

Art Gallery of Ontario Stage III–Transformation AGO—Feature Elements

Toronto, ON

Architect: Frank Gehry

Client: Art Gallery of Ontario

Completion: 2009
Category: Cultural

Project Type: Structural Engineering

Attribution: Crispin Howes

*Prior to joining PICCO

Role: Project Engineer and Lead Modeler, Feature Structures

Stage III, the gallery’s expansion and renovation project, was the final phase of a 3 phase expansion program that was planned in the mid-1960s. Stage III is architecturally-sensitive to its traditional surroundings, and successfully integrates all the original designs of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which spans some 175 years, and incorporates Georgian Beaux-Arts and Modernist styles. This extension of the existing AGO facilities and addition includes a new gallery, administrative, storage vaults, prints, feature stair, and drawings centre. The space proportion and scale of the rooms provide for flexibility within the spaces to allow for adjustments over time and changes in the collections. A 12 meter high interior court permitting sculpture exhibition, concerts, openings and special events was added, as was a 6 metres by 18 metres cantilevered entrance canopy. A double tier of gallery shops having street access provides vitality and commercial activity. A continuous glass canopy provides covered access into the shops and directs visitors to the main entrance.

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