Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Art Gallery of Ontario's Galleria Italia

One of my favourite spaces in Toronto is the Galleria Italia.

When Frank Gehry re-designed the Art Gallery of Ontario, he ensured Dundas Street West had a relationship with the structure by wrapping windows around the facade. Daylight now pours into the galleria while offering passersby a view of the the interior. The space is airy, full of light, and, in short, wonderful.

I've been visiting the AGO for many years -- since well before it was transformed -- and I love visiting this space to reflect while basking in the natural daylight. When the AGO opens at 10 am, the Galleria Italia is usually very quiet. This is also part of the attraction for me. 

Here's a brief video I shot recently:

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