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Height: Occupied
151.1 m / 496 ft
 
Height: To Tip
157.9 m / 518 ft
Height: Architectural
157.9 m / 518 ft
 
Absolute World Building E Outline
Floors Above Ground
50
Floors Below Ground
6
# of Elevators
6
Top Elevator Speed
3.6 m/s
Tower GFA
35,380 m² / 380,827 ft²
Development GFA
85,000 m² / 914,932 ft²
# of Apartments
453
# of Parking Spaces
954

Facts

Official Name Absolute World Building E
Name of Complex Absolute World
Other Names Marilyn Monroe Tower 2, Absolute World Tower 2, Absolute World North, Absolute World 50
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Canada
City Mississauga
Street Address & Map 50 Absolute Avenue
Building Function residential
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2012
Official Website Absolute World
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
National Ranking #54 Tallest in Canada
City Ranking #2 Tallest in Mississauga

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Cityzen Development Group; Fernbrook Homes
Architect
Design Burka Architects; MAD Architects
Structural Engineer
Design Sigmund Soudack & Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer
Design Stantec
Main Contractor Dominus Construction Group
Other Consultant
• Wind Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group

About Absolute World Building E

Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, is like many fringe towns in that it is growing in relation to its neighboring metropolitan area, though it does not have any architectural precedents for this growth. At around 734,000 residents, the city is in demand of residential property. To win the first international design competition held in the Toronto area in over 40 years, the architect put forth a radical design for a curving and biologically inspired design. When the tower project was proposed to the public, initially with only one tower, the scheme was so popular that the units sold out just days after the release of the building plans. After this response, the owner decided to buy an adjacent plot and build a second tower to meet the demand.

While the typology of the skyscraper, typically a glass box, is usually associated with a large city, many suburban areas are now experiencing expansion which requires the implementation of high-rise buildings. As a bold step in this initial direction, the Absolute World Towers are the tallest additions to Mississauga’s predominantly low-rise urban fabric; they are two of only six towers over 100 meters in the area, standing out as an organic and recognizable gesture along the skyline.

Challenging the typical rectilinear approach to tall building design and responding to the lack of high-rise context, the design of the Absolute World Towers presents a highly organic and humanized design that aims to connect to both the city and its inhabitants. The curvilinear forms contrast with the generic rectangular buildings in the city, providing a welcome relief from harsh lines. Fondly dubbed the Marilyn Monroe towers by local residents, the towers parallel the fluidity and natural lines found in life.

In creating a flowing vocabulary for the building exterior, the design also accomplishes a unique experience for the interior as well; each residential unit is provided with a unique layout and views of Toronto or Mississauga from its balcony. The rotation of floor plates that creates the building forms results in a dynamic façade which differs from every viewpoint. As a testament to the unique experience of these towers, property values in buildings around them have increased and demand for views of the towers is high.

Though the original project brief only planned for one tower, the interaction of the two towers greatly increases the experience of the buildings. Instead of simply replicating the same building twice, the two towers, one taller than the other, have different angular rotations. While the shorter of the two employs a more gradual revolution, producing a subtler effect, the taller tower has a more drastic rotation at its middle. The negative space created by these forms is unlike any other.

To support the uniquely shaped towers, the structural system was considered in several ways to determine the best solution. The advancing and receding floor plates would require staggering of columns or transfer beams in a traditional structural system. A simple concept ended up being the best: a series of concrete load-bearing walls that cross through the plan of the buildings provide ample vertical and lateral support, while responding to the singular geometry of the form.

At the forefront of a movement among tall building designers to rely on biomimicry, the buildings are spearheading organic form and a connection to nature. While other building designs have created complex curvilinear geometries, the Absolute Towers accomplish it with a straightforward concept and structural solution. In light of the commercial and critical success of the flowing towers, upcoming building projects may take inspiration from this simple and grounded approach to accomplish their goals.

As Mississauga continues to grow, future projects can rely on the precedent set by the towers in both their concept and execution. Eventually, the buildings will become part of a more dense urban setting, but will still have a unique effect on their surroundings.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Canada Inaugural Meeting
1 May 2013 – Event Report

CTBUH Releases Case Study on Absolute World Towers
Nov 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper

MAD Architects and Cityzen Development Present on Absolute Towers
17 Oct 2012 – Awards Symposium Video

Videos

Best Tall Building Americas: Absolute World Towers: Anthropomorphic Iconography
17 Oct 2012 – Joe Cordiano, Cityzen Development

CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Dinner
17 Oct 2012 – Dinner 2012

Interview: Absolute World Towers
17 Oct 2012 – Joe Cordiano, Cityzen Development

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Research Papers

Case Study: Absolute World Towers, Mississauga
Nov 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue IV