ABSOLUTE TOWER

Cities: MISSISSAUGA
Countries: CANADA
Categories: HOUSING
Designer: MAD ARCHITECTS
Date: 2012
Like other fast developing suburbs in North America, Mississauga is seeking a new identity. This is an opportunity to respond to the needs of an expanding city, to create a residential landmark that strives for more than simple efficiency and that provides residents an emotional connection to their hometown. In place of the simple, functional logic of modernism, the design of Absolute Tower expresses the complex and multiple needs of contemporary society. 
This building is more than just a functional machine: it responds to the significance of being located at the junction of two main streets, elegantly bearing its landmark status and acting as a gateway to the city beyond. It is something beautiful, sculptural and human. Despite its landmark status, the emphasis is not solely on height. 
Project issue features a continuous balcony that surrounds the whole building, eliminating the vertical barriers traditionally used in high rise architecture. The entire building rotates by different degrees at different levels, corresponding with the surrounding scenery. 
The aim of the firm was to provide 360 degree views for each residential unit, and to get city dwellers in touch with the natural elements and reawaken their appreciation of nature. 
The Absolute Tower has been nicknamed Marilyn Monroe Skycraper by the locals.

Photo credits: Iwan Baan, Tom Arban, MAD Architects, Jason Zytynsky.
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