Libeskind Tower in Toronto Nabs Award, Even With Crane Left Atop

The 59-story L Tower condominium building, with its long smooth curve on one side, has quickly become a Toronto landmark. Today, real estate data company Emporis announced that the building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind’s studio, won the No. 8 spot on its list of best new skyscrapers -- even with a construction crane still perched on the top floor long after the tower’s completion.

The L Tower condominium stands in Toronto.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

The crane prompted speculation among residents and developers that the building remained under construction or that workers didn’t know how to get it down. Sam Crignano, president of developer Cityzen Development Group, said that the real reason is that the crane -- actually a derrick, despite its appearance -- will be used to install building maintenance equipment, but halfway through construction, the firm hired to build and install the unit reneged on the agreement. A new contractor will be shipping the equipment early next year, and by February it will be installed using the derrick.

After that, the derrick will be removed, Crignano said -- as soon as weather permits.

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