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Frank Gehry has designed a landmark building that offers unique and memorable experiences with art. Stretching from Beverley to McCaul streets, an elegant and monumental glass and titanium facade invites visitors into its sweep as it opens up the street to Gallery activity inside.

The new, central entrance is oriented to Walker Court, the historic heart of the Gallery, where a grand spiral staircase and an atrium of light draw visitors in with a dramatic sense of arrival.

Space for viewing art is increased by 40 percent. Galleries open up to new views of the city and of Grange Park, with a 450-foot sculpture gallery along the north face, and a new centre for contemporary art facing the park.

 

In ways sensitive to art conservation, natural light flows in through atrium walkways, open stairways, glass walls to the north and south, and new skylights. A beautiful and flexible multi-purpose space on the third floor of the new south wing offers an unrivalled venue for special events of all kinds.

Enlivening the Dundas streetscape is a two-level gift and book shop, a fine dining restaurant, a casual café, Jackman Hall, the new members' lounge and a free contemporary art space for new projects.

The Frank Gehry-designed AGO will strengthen relationships between art and architecture, between visitors and the collection, and between the city and the Gallery.



Frank Gehry has designed a landmark building that offers unique and memorable experiences with art. Stretching from Beverley to McCaul streets, an elegant and monumental glass and titanium facade invites visitors into its sweep as it opens up the street to Gallery activity inside.

The new, central entrance is oriented to Walker Court, the historic heart of the Gallery, where a grand spiral staircase and an atrium of light draw visitors in with a dramatic sense of arrival.

Space for viewing art is increased by 40 percent. Galleries open up to new views of the city and of Grange Park, with a 450-foot sculpture gallery along the north face, and a new centre for contemporary art facing the park.

 

In ways sensitive to art conservation, natural light flows in through atrium walkways, open stairways, glass walls to the north and south, and new skylights. A beautiful and flexible multi-purpose space on the third floor of the new south wing offers an unrivalled venue for special events of all kinds.

Enlivening the Dundas streetscape is a two-level gift and book shop, a fine dining restaurant, a casual café, Jackman Hall, the new members' lounge and a free contemporary art space for new projects.

The Frank Gehry-designed AGO will strengthen relationships between art and architecture, between visitors and the collection, and between the city and the Gallery.




Images © Gehry International Architects, Inc.
Art reproduction below facade: Henry Moore, Large Two Forms , 1966-69. bronze. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
Art reproduction on facade: Henry Moore. Working Model for Reclining Figure: Lincoln Center , 1963-65. original plaster. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, gift of Henry Moore, 1974. © 2004 The Henry Moore Foundation.

Art reproduction on facade: Frans Hals. Isaak Abrahamsz Massa , 1626. oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, bequest of Frank P. Wood, 1955.