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Transformation AGO construction update

January 21st, 2008

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The first titanium panels have been installed – see the blue panels at the bottom-left of the east facade.

  • yan montgomery

    I have noticed that many of the titanium sheets cladding the grange addition are scuffed up and tarnished. Is there going to be another layer of cladding going overtop of the sheets that are wrapping around the new building?

  • yan montgomery

    I have noticed that many of the titanium sheets cladding the grange addition are scuffed up and tarnished. Is there going to be another layer of cladding going overtop of the sheets that are wrapping around the new building?

  • Dwayne Menchenton

    Yes, you are correct.
    What you are seeing are actually aluminum sheets that are designed to resist rain penetration. Another layer of cladding consisting of Titanium sheets are going to be installed at a later date.

  • Dwayne Menchenton

    Yes, you are correct.
    What you are seeing are actually aluminum sheets that are designed to resist rain penetration. Another layer of cladding consisting of Titanium sheets are going to be installed at a later date.

  • http://www.jaymckay.ca Jay McKay

    The gallery is coming along beautifully. I read recently that the titanium cladding was to be installed starting in October. Since we’re into November does this mean the construction is further behind schedule?

  • Bev Carret

    Jay – Thanks for your interest in the project. The installation of the titanium panels is a multi-stage process. In October, various installation methods for the titanium were prototyped on the south tower to determine which approach would be the most effective. Clips to hold the titanium panels are now in the process of being installed

  • Bev Carret

    Jay – Thanks for your interest in the project. The installation of the titanium panels is a multi-stage process. In October, various installation methods for the titanium were prototyped on the south tower to determine which approach would be the most effective. Clips to hold the titanium panels are now in the process of being installed

  • mark g

    Why do the Architects and Museum owners of latest art building renovations and new constructions try and copy one another. Is it because they think it is going to draw more people to their gift stores? If that sounds cynical you should hear what I really think about museum building abominations all together. Soon art will be housed in bunkers to protect the art from the public.

    Do Torontonians realize how many there are like its new facade are out there? Example: Kiasma in Helsinki.

    adda adda adda few more layers of titanium and whatyagot?

    MG

  • mark g

    Why do the Architects and Museum owners of latest art building renovations and new constructions try and copy one another. Is it because they think it is going to draw more people to their gift stores? If that sounds cynical you should hear what I really think about museum building abominations all together. Soon art will be housed in bunkers to protect the art from the public.

    Do Torontonians realize how many there are like its new facade are out there? Example: Kiasma in Helsinki.

    adda adda adda few more layers of titanium and whatyagot?

    MG

  • sue bloch-nevitte

    I’d like to hear what you really think about museum building abominations all together.

  • sue bloch-nevitte

    I’d like to hear what you really think about museum building abominations all together.

  • Mike Ramdass

    The topic of sustainable design seems to be on the forefront nowadays. I would like to know what steps have been taken to make this transformation of the AGO more sustainable. Thanks.

  • Mike Ramdass

    The topic of sustainable design seems to be on the forefront nowadays. I would like to know what steps have been taken to make this transformation of the AGO more sustainable. Thanks.

  • Bev Carret

    The Transformation AGO project has given the Gallery the opportunity to implement a number of environmentally friendly and energy efficient mechanisms. The AGO

  • Bev Carret

    The Transformation AGO project has given the Gallery the opportunity to implement a number of environmentally friendly and energy efficient mechanisms. The AGO

  • Jessie

    Will there be a food court in the building or anywhere that people can get drink or food from?

    If yes, what do I need to do to get one to run my business?

  • Jessie

    Will there be a food court in the building or anywhere that people can get drink or food from?

    If yes, what do I need to do to get one to run my business?

  • Marc Hamber

    The food & Beverage concepts of a Restaurant, Cafe, Espresso Bar, Members’ Lounge and Event Faciliy will be managed and operated by the AGO Food & Beverage management team.

  • Marc Hamber

    The food & Beverage concepts of a Restaurant, Cafe, Espresso Bar, Members’ Lounge and Event Faciliy will be managed and operated by the AGO Food & Beverage management team.

  • http://paulreuberarchitect.com/ Paul Reuber

    The Galleria Italia – added, I understand, to Gehry’s original scheme – may just be in my opinion the most exciting space to hit this city since Calatrava’s BCE galleria! Mega-thanks to Toronto’s Canadian-Italian Community for the donation! Thanks also to Gehry for knitting it into the Dundas facade thereby ensuring that the expansion will be much more than just another…er…”pretty” architectural face. And, congratulations to the AGO for having the courage to create such a dynamic, colonnaded and pedestrian friendly, round-the-clock backdrop (I trust the ‘corso’ will be lit at night) for one of Toronto’s major streets! Eat your heart out ROM!

  • http://paulreuberarchitect.com/ Paul Reuber

    The Galleria Italia – added, I understand, to Gehry’s original scheme – may just be in my opinion the most exciting space to hit this city since Calatrava’s BCE galleria! Mega-thanks to Toronto’s Canadian-Italian Community for the donation! Thanks also to Gehry for knitting it into the Dundas facade thereby ensuring that the expansion will be much more than just another…er…”pretty” architectural face. And, congratulations to the AGO for having the courage to create such a dynamic, colonnaded and pedestrian friendly, round-the-clock backdrop (I trust the ‘corso’ will be lit at night) for one of Toronto’s major streets! Eat your heart out ROM!

  • Eli

    Just a query;
    Have any of the materials that will be pulled off the building be used for a secondary use, or just dumped in land fills areas? (as part of demolition process)
    E

  • Eli

    Just a query;
    Have any of the materials that will be pulled off the building be used for a secondary use, or just dumped in land fills areas? (as part of demolition process)
    E

  • Adrian M

    Will there be provisions for a green roof? its going to be rather heartbreaking and anti-climatic to go 5 stories up and see an ugly gravel flat roof.

  • Adrian M

    Will there be provisions for a green roof? its going to be rather heartbreaking and anti-climatic to go 5 stories up and see an ugly gravel flat roof.

  • http://jaymckay.ca Jay

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  • Bev Carret

    There were no discussions about underground parking for OCAD when the AGO began its expansion plans. You may be getting confused with the AGO

  • Bev Carret

    There were no discussions about underground parking for OCAD when the AGO began its expansion plans. You may be getting confused with the AGO