Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

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From 2004 to 2007 Benson Steel fabricated and erected the steel structure for the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario AGO, by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Established in 1900 as the Art Museum of Toronto, it was renamed to the Art Gallery of Ontario, in 1966. The architectural expansion enlarged the AGO by 97,000 square feet and increased art-viewing space by 47%.

Highlights of Frank Gehry’s Re-Design of the AGO:

The tinted titanium-and-glass south wing, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of downtown. 

Extensive glazing on both the north and south façades, allowing visitors to experience the surrounding cityscape from the Gallery interior.

The integration of natural light throughout the building, including the glass roof over Walker Court and the light-filled walkway around the Gallery’s upper perimeter.

Photos: Benson Steel Archive.