Studio Daniel Libeskind will host a ceremony tonight in Toronto to celebrate the topping out of the 58-story L Tower, the latest addition to Toronto’s tall building boom. Toronto is home to more than 80 percent of Canada’s tall building construction.
The residential L Tower rises 205 meters (673 feet) high and features 600 units. Construction, which began in 2010, is scheduled to end next year.
“My goal was to create an iconic building within Toronto’s dramatic skyline," Mr. Libeskind said in a press release. "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."
L Tower is SDL's third project in Canada. The firm completed the extension to the Royal Ontario Museum in 2007 and the Wheel of Conscience memorial in 2011.
Toronto is the tall building capital of the Great White North. Sixteen out of the 19 towers under construction in Canada are located in Toronto, according to CTBUH data. (A more detailed study of Canada’s tall buildings will be including in the next issue of the CTBUH Journal.). Five of the Toronto towers under construction are taller than 200 meters.
Nine other skyscrapers were completed in the city in 2011 and 2012, including 157-meter (514-foot) Festival Tower and 163-meter (535-foot) Burano. Toronto boasts the largest population, the most completed tall buildings, the tallest building and the highest average height of tall buildings in the country.
Find a list of Toronto's tallest buildings here.
Increasingly, Canadians are moving to the city and living in high-rises. The national average home price in Canada is rising while the size of the average Canadian dwelling is shrinking, according to recently data. From 2006 to 2011, the proportion of Toronto's households living in high-rises increased to 27.4 per cent from 26.6 per cent, according to new census data. Find the full story here.
Last week, Frank Gehry received a commission to create a three-tower condominium project in Toronto, the tallest of which would be 85 stories.