Daniel Libeskind’s L Tower this morning hosted a topping out ceremony marking the completion of the skyscraper’s skeletal structure and almost half of its glass-and-steel façade. The 58-storey, unit condominium designed by Mr. Libeskind with Page + Steele/IBA Architects for Ferncastle (Front Street), Inc., will welcome residents in 2013.
The tower, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and The Esplanade, is part of the redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. A Partnership with Ferncastle (Front Street) INC raised capital for the Restoration and Renovation of the Sony Centre (Phase 1, Theatre interiors were completed in 2010). Phase 2 including new back-of-house facilities located beneath a new public plaza which will reach completion along with the tower.
The L Tower was designed to be an architectural transition between the skyscrapers of the financial district to the west and the historic residential St. Lawrence neighbourhood to the east. A 5,000 sq ft public plaza along the redevelopment’s west side will serve as an additional public space for the theatre, L Tower residents and the downtown community.
Named for its dramatic, streamlined ‘L’ shape, the building shoots up into the sky with bold, clean lines, its articulated glass-and-steel facade accentuated by expansive windows and balconies. Each of the 593 units, many of which feature ceilings of nine feet and higher, have stunning views of downtown, Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. The form of the tower with its gently curving north façade ensures that development does not cast shadows on Berczy Park towards the north.
Toronto design firm Munge Leung created the tower’s high-end interiors. The kitchens feature Munge Leung’s signature cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and engineered hardwood floors, while the bathrooms have marble countertops. A 24-hour concierge, spa facilities, a private cinema, a lounge, a library and catering kitchens for residents and their guests are among the building’s other signature amenities.