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Old September 13th, 2013, 05:49 AM   #241
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Old September 13th, 2013, 09:07 PM   #242
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Old September 24th, 2013, 07:26 AM   #243
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Libeskind’s Achilles Heel: The L Tower Embodies The Architect’s Biggest Failings

For some time now, I have been ranting against “Brand Architecture”—the growing trend of treating buildings as vehicles for self-advancement. The architects who practice this sort of design impose their signature style regardless of their function or location, completely disregarding socio-economic, political and cultural concerns in the process. Now, one of the most infamous offenders in this field, Daniel Libeskind, has produced a structure free from the shackles of self-conformity—unfortunately, it may just be his greatest failure yet.
This time last year, the obtusely named L Tower topped out in downtown Toronto; now it inches toward completion, lining alongside a plethora of works by big-name architects spreading across the city in the last decade.


Libeskind is no stranger to landmarking this part of the world; his crystalline extension to the Royal Ontario Museum caused much controversy, with an architectural language almost identical to his museums in Berlin, Denver, and now Dresden. It seems that no matter what the contents of each building may signify, Libeskind feels this universal application of personal style is permissible.

With residential and mixed-use developments, however, he has been less assured: His Citylife high-rise in Milan is a bungled attempt to translate this same language to the vertical, culminating in an ill-proportioned, inelegant misadventure. So, Libeskind took a turn away from his signature dialect with the L-Tower; as if entranced by Zaha Hadid’s forays into footwear, he sketched a 200 meter-high cowboy boot, with residential apartments in the shaft and a cultural hub in its heel and toe.
The enigmatically titled “Arts Lab” was originally planned for the lower reaches, as part of a major extension to the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts. However, funding from federal and provincial governments never materialized, and the eight-story podium was rendered redundant.
While the blame for this cannot be laid at Libeskind’s door, his new challenge was to respond dynamically to the shifting program with skill and nous. Instead, he regressed back to familiar territory: The boot was crudely amputated, its toe replaced by an entrance lobby in the guise of—yes, you guessed it—a jaunty, prism-like display of deconstructivism. Surprise!
Check out the rest at: http://architizer.com/blog/libeskind-l-tower/
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Old September 25th, 2013, 12:23 AM   #244
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Old September 25th, 2013, 01:44 AM   #245
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Old September 25th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #246
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Old September 26th, 2013, 04:50 AM   #247
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Awesome photo. I think that's taken from the Vu condominium.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #248
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From a couple of days ago



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Old October 11th, 2013, 12:28 AM   #249
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Old October 11th, 2013, 02:54 AM   #250
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Old October 12th, 2013, 04:47 AM   #251
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October 11th by udo. Some beautiful photos of L-Tower and the surrounding area.

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Old October 13th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #252
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Love the shape. Nice tower.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 01:13 PM   #253
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Old October 16th, 2013, 09:44 PM   #254
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Old October 30th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #255
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Old October 30th, 2013, 11:38 PM   #256
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Will this finish before 2014 ?
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Old October 31st, 2013, 06:08 AM   #257
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Would look decent without those STUPID white accents.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 06:11 AM   #258
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What happened to the podium?

I quite like it though. It has nice glass, a curtain wall and recessed balconies.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 06:12 AM   #259
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The podium bit was canned quite a while back. Watered down like everything else in 21st century Toronto.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 06:40 AM   #260
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The podium bit was canned quite a while back. Watered down like everything else in 21st century Toronto.
I actually think the podium was quite hideous and inelegant and the tower looks much better with out it!
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