The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto is set to receive a magnificent new gallery design from Selldorf Architects, who partner with Diamond Schmitt and Two Row Architects. The Dani Reiss Modern and Contemporary Gallery will be situated on top of an existing parking lot, adjacent to the Frank Gehry-designed 2008 expansion.
Principal Annabelle Selldorf expressed the aim of creating an impactful yet harmonious addition: “Our utmost goal was to honor and respect the nearby OCAD University, Grange Park, and Gehry building urban setting. We aimed to harmoniously blend into our surroundings by creating a subtle appearance that adjusts with the changing climate conditions and light.”
The ongoing consultations with Indigenous leaders and communities will be spearheaded by Two Row Architect in order to guarantee that the building remains inclusive, relevant, and adaptable. Brian Porter, principal at Two Row, highlighted the integration of Indigenous values and narratives, emphasizing adaptability, biophilia, and kinship.
Over time, there have been several modifications to the AGO since it was first built back in 1900 after Grange Hall merged with it. These renovations have included interventions by esteemed architectural firms such as KPMB Architects and Hariri Pontarini Architects. Also noteworthy is Selldorf Architects’ involvement in revamping London’s National Gallery Sainsbury Wing project.