I once predicted my pet poodle would turn down the Order of Canada before the struggling Sony Centre managed to build the bizarre boot-shaped apartment tower architect Daniel Libeskind designed as part of its latest gambit for survival. Little Pierre remains ready and willing to do his duty, but the call from Ottawa has yet to come. In the meantime, buyers have appeared for 460 of the 490 apartments in the improbable boot.
Yesterday, the project received the blessing of Toronto community council. Sony Centre CEO Daniel Brambilla said construction will begin in July. When completed in 2010, the condo-theatre complex will also include a $75-million Arts and Heritage Awareness Centre, described by its promoters as “not just an extension to a museum or another opera house, but a towering beacon designed to celebrate Canadian values.”