Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Connection concept, detailed design & erection engineering

This 180 meter long, 14 meter high glass and glulam façade wall is the main feature in Architect Frank Gehry’s rejuvenation of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Equilibrium Consulting was retained by Structurlam Products, the glulam supplier, to develop concepts and carry out the detailed design and engineering for the thousands of complex and geometrically different connections. The contract required that all connections be essentially concealed from view. In addition to the considerable challenges in geometry, many connections were also required to carry large axial and bending forces along multiple axes in combination, while accommodating stringent construction tolerances and aesthetic requirements. Over 5,500 engineering hours were required to complete this work.

Client: Structurlam Products Ltd.
Architect: Frank Ghery
Budget: Undisclosed
Completed: Fall 2008

Awards:
2009 WoodWorks Awards BC
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