July 1 2011: Concrete shaping forms obscure an intriguing angled structure at the north end of The L Tower being built at Yonge Street & The Esplanade …
… but it’s fully visible to passersby on Yonge Street now that the forms have been removed (as seen in this photo from July 20 2011)
July 20 2011: A closer look at the odd structure on the lower north side of The L Tower. I’m speculating, but think it’s where the condo tower’s swimming pool, fitness centre and other amenities will be situated.
A new twist on Yonge: I’ve heard more people criticize the design of The L Tower Condominium than say they like it. Detractors I’ve spoken to have described artistic illustrations of the Daniel Libeskind-designed condo tower as “ridiculous,” “silly,” “corny,” “tacky” and “embarrassing.” I’m reserving my own judgment until the 57-storey tower is closer to completion, but so far I’m happy to see L Tower won’t be just another rectangular glass and steel box — at least, not at street level.
A unique six-storey “A” shape dominates the building’s southwest corner, while several more interesting angles recently were unveiled on a concrete structure at the north side of the tower’s podium — likely the future location of the condo pool and amenities area. Call The L Tower what you will but, if the lower-level features are any indication, I don’t think you’ll be able to call it “boring.”
July 1 2011: The “A”-shaped southwest corner of The L Tower condo tower at the northeast corner of Yonge Street and The Esplanade
July 20 2011: A worker assembles rods on the northeast corner of The L Tower, next to the west wall of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
July 20 2011: Lining up the steel bar reinforcements for a support pillar