L Tower

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The L Tower
L Tower from The Esplanande.JPG
General information
StatusComplete
TypeResidential
Location8 The Esplanade
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°38′47″N 79°22′35″W / 43.64639°N 79.37639°W / 43.64639; -79.37639Coordinates: 43°38′47″N 79°22′35″W / 43.64639°N 79.37639°W / 43.64639; -79.37639
Estimated completionTopping out: Fall 2013
Completion: Winter 2014
Opening: Summer 2015
Height
Roof205 metres (673 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count58
Design and construction
ArchitectDaniel Libeskind
DeveloperCastlepoint Realty Partners Ltd.
References
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The L Tower (also known as the Libeskind Tower) is a residential skyscraper in Toronto, Ontario, Canada designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. The project, which broke ground in mid-October 2009, was expected to be complete in mid-2015, but saw many delays. One cause for delay was a stop-work order caused by safety concerns about the crane at the top of the building. The crane was also an eyesore for many residents.[3][4][5] Despite the crane (which was removed by September 2018), the building still won the eighth place Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2017.[6][7]

In the 2000s, the Sony Centre (then known as the Hummingbird Centre) was expected to be demolished and the land sold, however Hummingbird Centre CEO Dan Brambilla convinced the city to preserve the site and approve the condo development.[4]

In February 2018, former members of a number of condominium boards—including L Tower—were accused of misusing funds, resulting in litigation. Two members of the L Tower's condominium board resigned as a result.[8]

Developers[edit]

The building is being developed by three builders: Cityzen and Castlepoint Numa of Toronto, and Fernbrook Homes of Concord, Ontario.[citation needed]

Sony Plaza and public art[edit]

The Sony Plaza is an open space elevated above the intersection of Yonge and Front streets. It is being designed by Claude Cormier and Associates.[9]

Canadian artist Harley Valentine is creating a triptych of sculptures to be installed in the Sony Plaza. Called Dream Ballet in hommage to the National Ballet of Canada's four-decade residence at the site, the three sculptures depict abstracted ballet dancers in various dynamic positions.[9][10]

Honor[edit]

In 2017 the L Tower was awarded an Emporis Skyscraper Award in the number 8 spot in the category of best new skyscraper.[7]

Controversy[edit]

In February 2018, former members of a number of condominium boards—including L Tower—were accused of misusing funds, resulting in litigation. Two members of the L Tower's condominium board resigned as a result.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada". The Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ L Tower at Emporis
  3. ^ "'Why's the stupid crane up there?': L Tower construction delays finally coming to an end". CBC News. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b Knelman, Martin (26 October 2009), "Partnership saves a city landmark and adds a new one", Toronto Star, retrieved 26 October 2009
  5. ^ Warnica, Richard (6 November 2015), "Delays pile up at Toronto's iconic L Tower condo despite six years of construction", National Post, retrieved 14 September 2018
  6. ^ "Crane atop the L Tower is finally removed". Toronto Star. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b Dmitrieva, Katia (30 November 2017). "Libeskind Tower in Toronto Nabs Award, Even With Crane Left Atop". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Condo owners find out they're on the hook for $750K, sue former board members for $800K". CBC News. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Sony Centre for the Performing Arts". Claude Cormier.
  10. ^ "Dream Ballet". HV Studio. Archived from the original on 6 April 2013.