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Libeskind’s L Tower mixes business with pleasure
September 24, 2010
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The sculptural 58-storey glass condominium set to rise beside the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts will serve as a bridge between the soaring skyscrapers of the financial district to the west and the historic character of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood to the east. The uniquely shaped 58-storey L Tower, part of the redevelopment of the arts centre, has been designed by internationally renowned “starchitect” Daniel Libeskind, whose vision was to actively integrate inner city life with arts and culture.
“It’s going to be very visible. I hate to use the word iconic because it’s so overused, but this will become a symbol that will stand out. It will be a transition between the two districts, with residential use but with the height of buildings you find in the financial district,” says Sam Crignano, president of Cityzen Development Group. Cityzen is a development partner with Castlepoint Realty Partners and Fernbrook Homes in the Sony project.
After a delay due to the economic slowdown, construction got underway on the tower last spring and it will be ready for occupancy in late 2012 and early 2013. There will be 600 suites in all and the building is aiming for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification with features like energy-efficient faucets, low-flow toilets, thermal low-E windows, an energy-recovery unit and a system to capture storm water and use it in some of the amenity areas.