Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it the eighth largest art museum in North America. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day. As a multiuse facility and complex programming venue, AGO caters to a very broad audience through a mandate of maintaining the permanent collection for the people of Ontario and as an educational institution.


Layered lighting applications increase current museum light levels while revealing important ar­chitectural features. Throughout public spaces, there is recessed star-patterned down and accent lighting, with linear indirect washlighting at prominent architectural elements. In the galleries, Power Bar track lighting, which is completely removable, allows for ultimate flexibility for rotating exhibits. Uplights graze the façade’s curving structural elements, and exterior flood lighting highlights facade graphics.


L'Observatoire's scope included the exterior and all interior spaces of the Gehry extension including all galleries, the baroque stair and the Gehry designed shop.

Location Toronto, Canada
Date Completed 2008
Architect Gehry Partners, LLP
Client Art Gallery of Ontario
Type Museums + Cultural Institutions
size480,000 ft2 / 45,000 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Alex Miller
Project Team Socorro Sperati
Photo Credits Thomas Mayer