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Absolute World Towers News

Absolute World Towers
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The world’s most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, goes this year to the Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada. The two towers were selected by an international jury of experts from over 300 skyscrapers at least 100 meters tall completed last year. The award, given by Emporis, the international provider of building data, is being presented for the thirteenth time this year.

Emporis Skyscraper Award – 17 Sep 2013

Absolute Towers Mississauga

MAD’s Absolute Towers Tops Out

Design: MAD Studio with Burka Architects

‘Marilyn Monroe Towers’

Location: 50-60 Absolute Avenue, Mississauga, south west of Toronto city centre, Ontario

Mississauga, 24 November 2010 – The Absolute Towers, 2 residential towers designed by MAD topped out last Friday at 170 meters, confirming Mississauga’s new identity connecting the urban with its surrounding natural landscape. Absolute’s officials and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion joined MAD’s Associate Partner Ping Jiang at a ceremony on November 19th. Ping Jiang commented: “Mississauga has become a magical city full of energy. We are happy to be part of it. More important, we are happy that so many people like the building. We believe the two towers are unique architecture which links the city and nature by introducing those beautiful curves. It is exciting to see these towers from outside now, but it will be more exciting to live inside.”

Construction progress on the remarkable Absolute Towers in Toronto, aka Marilyn Monroe Skyscrapers:
Absolute Towers
picture : Jason Zed

Design of the Absolute Towers, a 95.000m2 development, nicknamed the Marilyn Monroe towers, started in 2006. The topping out of the second 50 storey tower is expected next spring while completion for both towers is scheduled for fall 2011. The tower twists 209 degrees from the base to the top.

Absolute Towers – Building Information

Client: Fernbrook Homes / Cityzen Development Group
Status: First prize in international competition. Under Construction
Location: Mississauga, nr Toronto, Canada
Type: Residential Apartments
Structural engineer: Sigmund Soudack & Associates
Building Area: Phase 4: 45,000 sqm; Phase 5: 40,000 sqm
Building Height: Phase 4: 56 stories/170 m; Phase 5: 50 stories/150 m
Directors in Charge: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Design Team: Shen Jun, Robert Groessinger, Florian Pucher, Yi Wenzhen, Hao Yi, Yao Mengyao, Zhao Fan, Liu Yuan, Zhao Wei, Li Kunjuan, Yu Kui, Max Lonnqvist, Eric Spencer.
Nickname for Project: Marilyn Monroe Skyscrapers

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Absolute Tower Mississauga – Marilyn Monroe Skyscraper

Modernism has a famous motto: A house is a machine for living in. However, as we increasingly leave the machine age behind, we are left with a question: what message should architecture convey today? What is a house for now?

Like other fast developing suburbs in North America, Mississauga is seeking a new identity. We want to take this opportunity to respond to the needs of an expanding city, to create a landmark that can be loved by the people who live there.

In place of the simple, functional logic of modernism, our design expresses the complex and multiple needs of contemporary society. This building is more than just a functional machine: it responds to its location at the junction of two main streets to become a gateway that signifies entrance to a city. It is something beautiful, sculptural and human.

Marilyn Monroe Skyscrapers on site, Mississauga, Toronto – images from 16 Mar 2009:

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Despite its landmark status, the emphasis is not solely on height. In the design of the Absolute Towers a continuous balcony surrounds the whole building, eliminating the vertical barriers that are traditionally used in high rise architecture. The entire building rotates by different degrees at different levels, corresponding with the surrounding scenery. Our aim is to provide 360 degree views, to awaken the city dweller’s appreciation of nature, and to get them in touch with the sunlight and the wind.

The Absolute Tower has been nicknamed Marilyn Monroe by the locals.

Absolute Towers Toronto – Jury

Larry Beasley, co-director of Planning, City of Vancouver
Colin Fournier, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Bartlett School of Architecture, London
Sol Wassermuhl, president Page + Steele Architects, Toronto
Claude LaCombe, EI Richmond Architects, Toronto
Michael Spaziani, MSAi, Toronto
Danny Salvatore, president, Fernbrook Homes
Sam Crignano of Cityzen Development Group
Paulo Stellato of Cityzen Development Group
Ed Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and Building, City of Mississauga

Absolute Towers proposal – Marilyn Monroe Skyscrapers Toronto:

Absolute Tower Building Marilyn Monroe Tower Marilyn Monroe Tower Mississauga
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20 Jan 2007

Absolute Towers Competition – Finalists

Nicholas Boyarsky, Boyarsky Murphy Architects, United Kingdom
Michel Rojkind, rojkind arquitectos, Mexico
Roland Rom Colthoff, Quadrangle Architects Limited, Canada
Sebastian Messer, Studio MWM, United Kingdom
Yansong Ma, MAD office, China
Tarek El-Khatib, Zeidler Partnership Architects, Canada

Absolute Towers Mississauga images / information from MAD Aug 2008 / 160309

Absolute Towers Mississauga design : MAD


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