Marilyn Monroe Skyscraper – Tall Building by MAD, North America

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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.”

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.

Absolute Tower – Summary

Client: Fernbrook Homes/Cityzen Development Group
Status: First prize in international competition. Under Construction
Location: Mississauga, nr Toronto, Canada
Type: Residential Apartments
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.

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.

Despite its landmark status, the emphasis is not solely on height. In our design, 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.

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

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