Studio Daniel Libeskind

October 10 “Topping Off” Ceremony Marks Construction Milestone For Daniel Libeskind’s “L Tower”

09 Oct 2012

Toronto, Canada: October 9, 2012 – On Wednesday, October 10, Daniel Libeskind’s L Tower will become an aerial playground as five members of the Vancouver-based Aeriosa Dance Society whirl and twirl down its north façade to the sounds of J.S. Bach’s ethereal "Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello,” played live by Toronto musician Liza MeClellan.

The performance kicks off the L Tower’s “topping out” ceremony marking the completion of the skyscraper’s skeletal structure and almost half of its glass-and-steel façade. The 58-story, -unit condominium designed by Mr. Libeskind with Page + Steele/IBA Architects for Ferncastle (Front Street), Inc., will welcome residents in 2013.

The tower, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and The Esplanade, is part of the redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. A Partnership with Ferncastle (Front Street) INC raised capital for the Restoration and Renovation of the Sony Centre (Phase 1, Theatre interiors were completed in 2010). Phase 2 including new back-of-house facilities located beneath a new public plaza which will reach completion along with the tower. The L Tower was designed to be an architectural transition between the skyscrapers 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.

Said Mr. Libeskind: “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.”

John C. O'Keefe, managing partner at Castlepoint, said: “We are thrilled to see Daniel Libeskind’s design becoming a reality. The project’s tremendous momentum reflects the collaborative effort of the City, Ferncastle and our team of architects, engineers, contractors and others involved in creating the L Tower.”

Named for its dramatic, streamlined “L” shape, the building shoots up into the sky with bold, clean lines, its articulated glass-and-steel facade accentuated by expansive windows and balconies. Each of the 593 units, many of which feature ceilings of nine feet and higher, has stunning views of downtown, Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. The form of the tower with its gently curving north façade ensures that development does not cast shadows on Berczy Park towards the north.

Toronto design firm Munge Leung created the tower’s high-end interiors. The kitchens feature Munge Leung’s signature cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and engineered hardwood floors, while the bathrooms have marble countertops.  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.

The L Tower is Daniel Libeskind’s third Canadian project. His 100,000-square-foot extension to the Royal Ontario Museum, now called the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, opened in June 2007. The Wheel of Conscience, part of the Canadian Museum of Immigration, opened in Halifax in 2011. The memorial honors the passengers on the M.S. St. Louis, a ship carrying Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany that was turned away by the Canadian government in 1939.

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Ferncastle (Front Street), Inc.,  is a partnership between the developers Fernbrook Homes, Citizen, and Castlepoint.

Fernbrook Homes creates communities and homes of distinction, building memorable neighborhoods that are coveted places to live. Demonstrating unparalleled design and construction excellence, Fernbrook communities show extraordinary value appreciation, setting the bar for housing excellence in the GTA. Fernbrook takes pride in customers who remain thrilled with their new homes long after purchase. With unique, leading-edge communities across the GTA, including Oakville, North York, downtown Toronto and Mississauga, Fernbrook has proven its commitment to Ontario's homebuyers over and over again.

As a recognized builder of luxury residences in the Greater Toronto Area, Citizen creates elegant urban lifestyle communities in the most sought after neighborhoods. Every community is designed to offer the finest living environment, with the most luxurious recreational and lifestyle amenities. Suites incorporate the latest design principles and offer upscale features and finishes. Combining nature and outdoor attractions, a harmonious layout and the finest in interior design, Cityzen brings home the ultimate urban lifestyle you've always desired.

With projects across the GTA and in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles, Castlepoint is a leader in the development industry. Specializing in rejuvenation of historic sites, brownfield reclamation and leading edge architecture, the company's current projects include 10-14 Prince Arthur Ave., the L Tower and the development of key parcels along Toronto's East Bayfront.

ABOUT Aeriosa Dance Society
Vancouver-based Aeriosa explores intersections between contemporary dance and vertical landscapes. Our mission blends artistry and athleticism with the concerns of human ecology. Our methodology emphasizes curiosity, collaboration and integrity. Pursuing new practices of creation and dissemination, our performance projects fuse dance, music and technology into public rituals of transformation. Aeriosa investigates relationships between humans and their natural, social and built environments by crafting performances in response to architecture and landscapes. Our commitment to new artistic practices fosters creative strategies for production in unconventional surroundings. Encompassing walls, ledges and rooftops in public gathering places, Aeriosa performances animate vertical space, reconsidering buildings as stages and neighborhoods as theatres. Reinterpreting gravity, Aeriosa artists use harnesses and ropes to access an enormous range of space, flocking and lofting in spiraling arcs, evoking potent imagery of humans in flight.

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