Libeskind’s “L Tower” Tops Out

“L Tower” in progress.

Yesterday, October 10, Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the “Topping Off” ceremony for Toronto’s “L Tower” with aerial acrobatics dancing across the North face of the structure. The 58-storey skyscraper, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and The Esplanade, is part of the redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. It was designed to be an architectural transition between the towers of the financial district to the west and the historic residential St. Lawrence neighborhood to the east.  A 5000 square-feet public plaza along the redevelopment’s west side will serve as an additional public space for the theater, L Tower residents and the downtown community. Continue reading for more.


Daniel Libeskind stated: “My goal was to create an iconic building within Toronto’s dramatic skyline. The L Tower is shaped by the unusual quality of the light and by the general atmosphere of the site. Together with the Sony Center, it signals an exciting new sense of place in a diverse and vibrant urban context.”

The 593 unit, high-end residential tower includes 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.”

With the its entire skeletal structure and half of its glass-and-steel facade complete, the L-shaped skyscraper will be completed as planned in 2013.

© Udo Dengler

Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Architect of Record: Page + Steel / IBA Architects
Location: Toronto,
Client: Castlepoint Realty Partners Limited

Structural Engineer: Jablonsky, Ast and partners
MEP Engineer: Smith and Andersen Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes
Heritage Consultant: ERA
Contractor: Dominus Construction Group

Building Area: 503,621 sqft
Floors: 58
Structure: Concrete structure with glass curtain wall and window wall cladding.
Scheduled Completion: 2013

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Libeskind’s “L Tower” Tops Out" 11 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Chris

    Libeskind does NBBJ

  • S. D. Weil

    They missed their chance to throw Libeskind from the top …..

    • Rod

      HaHa!!! You beat me to it. I was thinking the exact same thing!

  • O. H. P.

    Libeskind is such a cretin. If the tower has topped out, does that mean it has reached its maximum ugliness or is there worse to come from this master of the hideous gesture?