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Absolute Towers by MAD

Project Name: Absolute Towers, Canada, March 2006
Client: Fernbrook Homes and Cityzen Development Group
Architect: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Project 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.
Structure and Material: steel-concrete and glass
Building Area: Phase 4: 45,000 sqm; Phase 5: 40,000 sqm
Cost: $1,300,000,000
Construction Period: Oct 1st, 2007-2009
Prize: The First Prize of International Competition
Site Location: Mississauga, Canada
Building Area: Phase 4: 45,000 sqm; Phase 5: 40,000sqm
Building Height: Phase 4: 56 stories, 170 meters; Phase 5: 50 stories, 150 meters
Like other fast developing suburbs in north America, Mississauga is seeking a new identity that best explains her own characters. We take this as a great opportunity to respond to the expanding need of the city in a special way. Mississauga should give more thought to its own unique characters rather than pursue the example of other suburbs striving to become metropolises. Our design forsakes the simplification principle of modernism, in fact, it express a higher level of complexity and the diversity of modern society through multiple approaches, and in the meanwhile it caters to the vague social needs at multiple levels.
Not only does the tower manifest the power of design, it also serves as a statement to the surrounding area and the social context. In the meantime, the cross of Hurontario Street and Burmhamthope road fully embodies its gateway condition to Mississauga’s City Centre in the tower. The building is sculpture-like in its overall effect, and its design expresses the universal language of audacity, sensuality and romance. As the new landmark of the city of Mississauga, it will become the icon of the present landscape with all its twisting rhythms resembling the human body. – from worldarchitects

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