Located across the street to the south of the Sony Centre and L Tower, the construction of Backstage On The Esplanade by developers Cityzen Development GroupFernbrook Homes and Castlepoint Numa, is starting to pick up speed. When we last checked in on the 36-storey, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed condominium tower, the building's four-storey podium had been structurally completed, and work was under way on the first of the tower floors. In the time since, construction has progressed up to the floor of the 9th level, revealing the first signs of the tower's curving north façade.

Backstage Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint, Page + Steele, TorontoBackstage rising to the south of L Tower, image by Jack Landau

In the image below, we can see the curving north facade of Backstage's tower floors.

Backstage Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint, Page + Steele, TorontoTower floors at Backstage, image by Jack Landau

The construction of Backstage's podium was much more complex than that of a typical condominium podium. Backstage's podium will house parking for residents of the building, as well as residents of the neighbouring L Tower - with 356 below-ground spaces for L Tower and 144 above-ground spaces for Backstage. The above ground spaces will be hidden behind condominium suites which face The Esplanade.

Backstage Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint, Page + Steele, TorontoTower floor rising at Backstage, viewed from the east on The Esplanade, image by Jack Landau

With the podium's complicated concrete structure now in place, the tower floors will rise at a much faster rate thanks to their repetitive layouts. The tower's floorplate will remain unchanged until the final few floors, allowing workers to get into the pattern of forming and pouring concrete for the repeating floors.

Backstage Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint, Page + Steele, TorontoBackstage (right) with 25 The Esplanade (centre) and L Tower (left), image by Jack Landau

Now that the tower is rising, it is much clearer how the view of the bullet-nosed 25 The Esplanade will be framed between Backstage and the L Tower. There was concern that the unique view of the flat-iron shaped building would be hidden by Backstage, but design changes during the application review pulled Backstage back from the edge, preserving much of the view.

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