Toronto’s L Tower Disaster

L Tower

L Tower Crane (photo by Bruce Christie 2015)

In case you were wondering what that 58-story monstrosity was on The Esplanade and Yonge Street, it is known as the L Tower. It is the work of architect Daniel Libeskind, the same Daniel Libeskind who was responsible for defacing and butchering the once beautiful Royal Ontario Museum. Daniel Libeskind’s original design made no mention of a permanent crane affixed to it. It seems like the crane will be permanently joined to this monstrosity.

L TOWER WILDLY OVER BUDGET

L Tower Grand Entrance

L Tower Grand Entrance Rubble (photo by Bruce Christie 2015)

As reported by the National Post over a year ago, the project has had numerous delays and cost overruns. The original cost estimate was at $58.1-million but as of June 2013, the projected cost is at $91.5 million. There is no doubt that $91.5 million figure will balloon even further due to the unworkable (and hideous) architectural design by Daniel Libeskind. These cost overruns will be mostly or entirely paid by Toronto taxpayers.

 L TOWER DESIGN UNWORKABLE

L Tower Grand Entrance

L Tower Grand Entrance Mess (photo by Bruce Christie 2015)

Cost overruns are nothing new for a Daniel Libeskind project. As reported by The Globe & Mail on March 27, 2015, the “Michael Lee-Chin Crystal” that was added on the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), in 2006, is still being paid for by Ontario taxpayers due to lack of philanthropic funding. Perhaps one of the main reasons, for lack of donations, is due to the atrocious debauchery he designed to deface The ROM! Below is a snap I took of a beautiful Corvette which unfortunately captured the festering boil affixed to the beloved ROM!

ROM Butchered

ROM Butchered by architect Daniel Libeskind (photo by Bruce Christie 2015)

 

L TOWER CONSTRUCTION YEARS OVERDUE

L Tower Grand Entrance With Orange Pilon

L Tower Grand Entrance With Orange Pilon (photo by Bruce Christie 2015)

What really irks me was Daniel Libeskind’s original concept that would have seen a “Giant Foot” like structure built on top of the Sony Centre (originally known as the O’Keefe Centre). Is this some sort of egotistic “footprint” Daniel Libeskind wanted to depict in his design or is it just an evil joke? I would think your ultimate goal in designing would be to look at the existing area and design something that would be complimentary to the surroundings – near and far. If you are so passionate about your work, why don’t you go live in the L Tower in Toronto! What kind of pass card does one require to enter from here?

L Tower Grand Entrance

L Tower Grand Entrance (photo by Bruce Christie 2015)

Can you imagine living here after putting a big down-payment and having to endure years of misery?

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  1. By Osgoode Hall on June 1, 2016 at 6:50 am

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