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Gardiner Museum

KPMB Architects

The renovation and additions to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum - Canada’s only ceramic art museum - reflect the measured approach to experimentation adopted by Bruce Kuwabara and project architect  Paulo Rocha of KPMB Architects. Kuwabara’s renewal project springs from what existed before. The new building has a restrained modernity. Its elegant architectural geometries and refined exhibition spaces are a far cry from the loud glass-and-aluminium prisms of Libeskind’s 2007 extension that projects from the Royal Ontario Museum across the street.
The museum hosts George and Helen Gardiner’s ceramic collections and was opened in 1984. The original building, designed by Keith Wagland, comprised a series of stacked cubes in deliberate contrast to the adjacent early 19th century university buildings: the neo-classical Lillian Massey Building to the north, and the Victorian “Queen Anne”...

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