Art Gallery of Ontario releases early designs for multi-million dollar expansion

Canada Global (Web News) The Art Gallery of Ontario will add 13 new galleries over five levels as part of a multi-million dollar expansion project.

After receiving a $35 million grant from Dani Reiss, chairman and CEO of Canada Goose, the gallery is beginning the enormous renovation.

Three architectural firms, including Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt, New York-based Selldorf Architects, and the First Nations-owned and managed Two Row Architect, are responsible for the design and direction of the Dani Reiss Modern and Contemporary Gallery.

The new gallery will be tucked between the gallery and the Ontario College of Art and Design University, one floor above the building’s current loading dock.

According to the AGO, the expansion will provide it a 30% increase in gallery space and provide access to the current galleries from four different points.

Construction on the project is anticipated to begin next year, and the municipal and public review process is presently in its early phases.

The expansion project’s estimated expenses are predicted to be $100 million.

Since the gallery was established in 1900, it has seen seven expansions.

The project was started last year, and advancements are based on discussions with Indigenous leaders and communities, coordinated by Two Row Architect, who will also advise the team on best practises for adopting adaptation, accessibility, and inclusivity.

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