In the first and second installments of our tour of the L Tower’s peak, we took a look at the louvers being applied to the mechanical floors as well as the temporary scaffold and curtain wall installation underway atop the building. In today’s third installment, we return to the upper floors of the L Tower for a look at the current state of the penthouse suites on floors 57 and 58.

One of L Tower's 2-storey penthouses, image by Jack Landau

A huge 2-storey penthouse unit occupies the building’s final residential floors. Around 6,000 square-feet in size, this unit is twice the size of a typical single-family home, and comes with panoramic several million square foot views available from this 650+ foot vantage point!

Looking southwest from the second story of a grand penthouse suite, image by Jack Landau

This double-level space on the south side of the tower is currently home to a temporary wooden platform which juts out from the 57th floor, acting as a loading and unloading area for the swing stages we examined in the first installment.

Temporary wooden platform for loading/unloading swing stages, image by Jack Landau

Single-storey penthouse units can also be found on L Tower’s upper floors, including this roughed in space occupying the southwest corner of the 56th floor.

Single storey penthouse unit on the southwest corner of the 56th floor, image by Jack Landau

L Tower’s most distinctive feature is the sweeping curved northern façade, which is glazed in a blue curtain wall cladding accented by distinctive white vertical strips. We have seen hundreds, if not thousands of photos depicting this eye-catching exterior façade, but very few photos showing the interior of the curtain wall system. In the photo below, we not only see the dramatic angle of the glazing above the curved section, but also two sections of opaque glass, marking the location of the vertical white strips which accent the tower’s exterior.

Angled curtain wall cladding on the 56th floor, image by Jack Landau

In the photo above, the acute angle of the cladding represents the tower’s floorplate resolving to a fine point at the peak of the building, located only a few floors above. Concrete columns mirror the varying angles of the curved façade and will be visible in completed north-facing units, giving residents insight into the complicated structural engineering involved in executing the atypical architecture the project is famous for.   

Concrete columns follow the angle of the curtain wall, image by Jack Landau

The angled curtain wall has the added advantages of letting in more natural sunlight, and giving future residents a view of not just the city, but the skies above.

View looking north from L Tower, image by Jack Landau

Here's the westward panorama we mentioned that these penthouse units will enjoy:

Westward panoramic shot from L Tower, image by Jack Landau

We will be sure to revisit this fan-favourite in the near future as construction continues to progress. Until then, additional information including building facts, renderings and floorplans can be found at our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Click on the associated Forum thread links, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.

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