Finalist

Absolute Towers, Mississauga

Architects: MAD architects, Beijing
Project architects: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Developer: Fernbrook and Cityzen, Toronto
Pupose: residential
Height: 179,5 m and 161,2 m
Completion: 2012
Location: Mississauga, Canada

The Absolute World Towers © Foto: Tom Arban

The Absolute Towers in Mississauga near Toronto, which locals have dubbed »Marilyn Monroe Towers« on account of their curves, are inspired by the kind of curved lines that occur in nature. Continuous balconies offer residents extended living space and expansive views, as well as promoting a sense of community within the microcosms of the different stories. On the macro level, the way the individual floors appear to rotate skywards underscores the sense of movement produced by the ensemble. The building complex is intended to awaken in city-dwellers a yearning for nature, sun and wind. At the same time, it aims to provide the previously faceless city, with its uniform, box-like highrises, with a new landmark that lends the place its own identity. Over 50 and 56 storeys, each of the two towers has over 400 apartments with continuous balconies. From one storey to the next the ceiling panels have been rotated by between one and eight degrees. The edifice’s dynamic design makes use of a simple structural system; the length of each of the grid-like concrete supporting walls has been adapted to the relevant footprint, which has, in turn, altered due to the rotation. Projecting concrete slabs form the balconies which, in summer, provide the rooms inside with shade and in winter absorb the sun’s warmth, thus contributing to cutting the cost of air conditioning.

From the jury's verdict: »The way this quiet ,yet striking double sculpture provides the city with a new center, as well as blending in with its urban background is extremely praiseworthy.«

The Absolute World Towers, balcony, © photo: Tom Arban
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