When designs were first revealed for L Tower, architect Daniel Libeskind's 57-story, knife-shaped condo tower in downtown Toronto, it promised to be one of the boldest new high-rises in all of Canada. Since then, the design has been modified, removing part of the base that would have given the building its 'L' shape, but the curved form of the tower remains intact. The building, which aims to achieve LEED Gold certification, is currently rising above Toronto, and glass cladding is being added near the lower levels.
Toronto has its own Green Development Standard for buildings, but as LEED has grown in popularity in the US, it has also been catching on in Canadian cities. According to a recent report in the Toronto Star, striving for LEED Gold could reduce energy and water use at the tower by as much as 30 percent while improving air quality.
“L-Tower is an elite building, so we’re trying to strive for that LEED certification,” developer Sam Criagnano recently told Canada Business Journal. It has been designed to achieve elite status and we’re hoping to get LEED certified Silver, and it has been designed from Day 1 for that. It’s no longer a question of whether or not we’re going to have LEED status; it is more of a question of what level of LEED status we’re going to achieve.”
As construction moves forward, workers are preparing to work on the building’s most striking feature: that sharp curve that begins on the upper floors. When it’s completed, the new building will feature 600 new condos with a fitness centre, a spa, an indoor pool, and underground parking. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
Photos by Mark Andrew Boyer for Inhabitat, renders by Studio Daniel Libeskind