One of Toronto's most anticipated new buildings is the L Tower, a soaring 58-storey condominium tower that will rise above the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts at Yonge Street and The Esplanade. The building, developed by Cityzen, Castlepoint Realty Partners, and Fernbrook Homes, will be Toronto's second Daniel Libeskind-designed building, following on his crystal addition at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Libeskind's design adds curves to the more typical glass box point towers which have been rising on our skyline over the past half-dozen years. Those curves mean some special angles have to be worked into the support columns for the building. Recently UrbanToronto members Drum118 and Jasonzed have been down to the site to document the progress, and we will start our tour with Drum118's shot poking through the fence at the site. Seen in the centre of the photo: rebar and a form for an angled column which will eventually allow for the chamfer at the building's southwest corner.
Below is what the corner of Yonge and The Esplanade should look like someday, with the chamfer in evidence.
Looking east along The Esplanade above, we get a look at the new, glazed podium running behind the Sony Centre's backstage area. Below, that same frontage as shown on the building model, followed by the view of the podium rising behind the Sony Centre's Front Street entrance.
Let's go back to the construction photos. Here are the rest of Drum118's images.
And these are Jasonzed's shots.
We wrap the site shots for now with this one from a couple of blocks south along Yonge Street. Jasonzed caught the L Tower's two white cranes (one is a bit more difficult to make out) amongst the crowded local context.
We look forward to an increasingly interesting construction site, and eventually this new landmark on Toronto's skyline. We will keep you up-to-date!
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|Related Companies:||Castlepoint Numa, Cityzen Development Group, Claude Cormier + Associés, Fernbrook Homes, Milborne Group, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Studio Munge|