L-evating and adding colour: Cladding installation commences as The L Tower climbs to 23 storeys

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The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 30 2012: A view of The L Tower from Queen’s Quay Boulevard East, looking north up Yonge Street …

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Downtown Toronto construction projects

… and seen here on January 6 2012 from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre several blocks to the west, in a photo I published last week

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 31 2012: Street-level view from Yonge Street at The Esplanade

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 31 2012: Windows and cladding have been installed on two floors on the tower’s west side above Yonge Street

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 31 2012: Another view of the recently-installed cladding

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto January 31 2012

 January 31 2012: A closer view of some of the windows and cladding

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

The cladding being mounted on the tower exterior is quite similar to this sample panel, seen August 20 2011 in the construction staging area on The Esplanade …

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto August 20 2011

… and markedly unlike another sample on display at the same time

 

Blue & white: The L Tower is beginning to make a big impression on the Toronto skyline.   As construction of the 57-story condo skyscraper approaches the halfway mark, the building is commanding attention when viewed from downtown areas to the west and south. Closer to the ground, The L Tower is drawing plenty of glances from passersby as blue and white-toned windows and cladding are gradually installed on some of the lower floors above Yonge Street and The Esplanade.

The L Tower was designed by Daniel Libeskind, principal of New York’s Studio Daniel Libeskind. The building is a project of Fernbrook Homes, Cityzen Real Estate Group and Castlepoint Realty Partners.

Below is an artistic illustration, from The L Tower project website, suggesting how the completed building will look, soaring high above the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. That’s followed by some photos I’ve shot of construction progress since August, along with two short videoclips.

I have previously published photos and information about The L Tower project in posts on July 21 2011, June 20 2011, and March 8 2011.

 

Illustration of The L Tower condo tower Toronto

This illustration of The L Tower, from the condo project website, depicts a view of the building from the northeast (that’s the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in the foreground). A rendering of the tower from a northwest perspective can be viewed in the Projects section of the Studio Daniel Libeskind website.

 

The L Tower Condo Tower Toronto

August 20 2011: West view from The Esplanade as tower reaches the 8th floor

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

 August 20 2011: The construction staging area on The Esplanade

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

August 20 2011: The tower’s uniquely angled southwest corner

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

 August 20 2011: The L Tower has a long ways to go before it surpasses the height of the 33-storey condo tower at 25 The Esplanade, right

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

September 3 2011: The 51-storey TD Canada Trust Tower at Brookfield Place looms to the northwest of The L Tower

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

September 3 2011: Looking east from Yonge Street. The green west tower of the London on the Esplanade condo complex rises to the rear of The L Tower.

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: The L Tower viewed from the northeast, at Yonge & Front

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: West side of the tower viewed from Yonge Street

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: Another Yonge Street view of the tower’s west side

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: A view of the tower’s A-shaped southwest corner, and its condo highrise neighbour across the street at 25 The Esplanade

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: Another view of The L Tower and 25 The Esplanade

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: The distinctive A-shape of the lower southwest corner

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: Building forms at the top of the structure

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 17 2011: The building’s lower northeast corner, above Yonge Street

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

November 25 2011: West view of The L Tower, its neighbours, and a large black construction crane working on the Union Station revitalization project

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

 January 6 2012: The L Tower viewed from outside the Hockey Hall of Fame
at Brookfield Place, looking south down Yonge Street

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 6 2012: The tower’s lower northwest corner

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

 January 6 2012: The blue strip indicates where window and cladding installation will soon take place on the tower’s third and fourth floors

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 6 2012: A huge platform has been built above the construction staging area at the base of the tower on The Esplanade

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 6 2012: Looking up the tower’s south side, from The Esplanade

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 6 2012: Looking up the southwest corner of the tower, from Yonge Street

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 6 2012: The L Tower, viewed from one block to its east on The Esplanade

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 6 2012: The L Tower viewed from outside the Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre at 45 The Esplanade, left

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 30 2012: First windows appear on the tower’s lower south side

 

he L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 30 2012: The blue and white cladding adds welcome colour to the tower’s dull concrete frame

 

The L Tower condo tower Toronto

January 30 2012: The first two panels installed on the south wall

 

The LTower condo tower Toronto

January 31 2012: A view from the west at the nearby GO bus depot

 

The LTower condo tower

January 31 2012: The new cladding catches some afternoon sun

 

The LTower condo tower

January 31 2012: Looking south from Front Street across what will become a public plaza on the north side of the tower, next to the Sony Centre

 

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