Myers Associates won the limited competition for the Stage III expansion
and renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario. The expansion included
renovating existing buildings, clarifying circulation routes, increasing
exhibition space by 50%, adding administrative support spaces and
archives, and creating an indoor sculpture court by adding a glazed
enclosure to the original exterior walls of a1926 wing.
expanded gallery creates a strong urban statement on Dundas Street,
including new galleries above street level shops. A new facade,
clad in local brick and sandstone, establishes a well-defined entrance
and lobby court at street level, and the entry is marked by the
simple, dramatic forms of a pyramid and tower.
the sensitive approach to context and the development of a refined
architectural vocabulary, Stage III molds the disparate original
elements of the AGO into a coherent whole.