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Drove by here on the 403 last week, and saw these towers in person...wow are they, and all the other new ones in Missisauga friggen tall!
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Hume: MAD makes sense of Mississauga
November 19, 2010

Christopher Hume

STAR COLUMNIST

They may be MAD, but they’re certainly not crazy.

The Beijing-based architectural practice, known for its striking designs and innovative approaches, has risen to international prominence in recent years thanks largely to a project in of all places, Mississauga.

That would be the 56-story condo tower at Hurontario and Burnhamthorpe, and its 50-storey counterpart. Nicknamed the Marilyn Monroe for its curvaceous exterior and unexpected sensuality, the bigger and earlier of the two buildings represents an architectural coming-of-age of a city that had steadfastly refused to grow up.

On Friday, as the tower was topped off at an afternoon celebration, MAD’s Ping Jiang talked about how the project, which beat 92 other submissions in a global competition, put his firm — and Canada’s sixth largest city — on the international map.

Until it appeared, neither was of much interest to the larger world. True, Mississauga’s altogether extraordinary city hall has attracted a certain amount of attention, but MAD’s towers take architecture — and with it the city — to a whole new level.

Gone is the rigid orthogonal geometry that has ruled architecture since time immemorial. Instead, these two buildings are about movement, and how a floor plate rotated around a central axis can create a sense of motion. The towers change as you walk around them; from every perspective they become something different. There’s a visual drama to these buildings that makes them impossible to ignore. This is architecture that appeals to kids and connoisseurs alike.

Even Santiago Calatrava’s famous Twisting Torso apartment tower in Malmo, Sweden, doesn’t achieve the same sensuality. By comparison, MAD’s design has an organic quality and anthropomorphic form. There’s nothing mechanical about it.

“The idea is that this is a project for a city looking for a new identity,” Jiang explains. “It reflects the dynamics of a city.”

Though most Chinese have never heard of Mississauga, the towers are well known in that country.

“Everyone in China loves them,” Jiang reports. “The biggest response has been that Chinese developers started to believe in us. There was a lot of doubt before, but now they see that our designs are do-able.”

There was a lot of doubt here, too. “We were criticized for what we did,” says developer, Sam Crignano, “but the facts speak for themselves. We’ve proved that good design improves the bottom line. It doesn’t just add to the cost.”

According to Crignano, both towers sold out in days. And, he adds, although no one can move in until March, units that sold for $450 per square foot are now fetching $550.

Whether you love or hate them, the fact is that no other building in Mississauga has achieved anything like this degree of fame. It’s not only unlike anything else built here, but anywhere else. Indeed, it’s among the first examples of a new kind of contemporary architecture, one whose rounded and changing exteriors are enabled by technological advances.

The result is a building that seems to pulsate with life. Now the tallest tower in Mississauga, it rises on the suburban skyline a premonition of what lies ahead. Only in a Mississauga, which remains largely a blank slate, would such an adamant, iconic, structure feel as at home as it does here.

Were such a tower to appear in Toronto — unlikely because of our more restrictive by-laws — the issue would be contextual appropriateness. In Mississauga, it is the context.

The underlying paradox of MAD’s towers is that despite their unprecedented sophistication, they feel simple, effortless and somehow inevitable. Like Marilyn herself, they just are.

Christopher Hume can be reached at chume@thestar.ca
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Just amazing! What beautiful towers.
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I almost crashed on the 427 at QEW today, looking to the west at these 2.
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i love the way it looks where it is near finished. the way it tapers of looking upward is nothing short of beautiful. its refreshing to see stuff like this finely going up in Canada. both Toronto and Calgary are changing there look for the good, with the new developments that they have put forward.
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From the G&M

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...1815179/page1/

Like Marilyn herself, the Absolute Tower is smart, sexy, built to impress


A closeup of the "Marilyn" tower - A closeup of the "Marilyn" tower | The Globe and Mail
Lisa Rochon: Cityscapes
Like Marilyn herself, the Absolute Tower is smart, sexy, built to impress
LISA ROCHON | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 4:30PM EST
Last updated Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 5:10PM EST

It’s a pileup of floor plates that cavort and shimmy in and out of an elliptical tower shape. A she-building, with curves of glass dressed in a corset of horizontal ribs. If Issey Miyake were an architect instead of a fashion designer, he might have imagined the Absolute Tower just this way: an intelligent, shifting sheath that sashays around the body.
Previous columns by Lisa Rochon

Architecture lives in Mississauga. At long last. In a city with a reputation for building an unstoppable dull-scape, the Absolute condominium development has created some serious architecture envy. Last week, there were fireworks exploding from the 56-storey marvel by Beijing-based MAD Architects, to celebrate the tower’s topping-off. Yes, I know. To people living in major urban centres across Canada, where architecture is increasingly understood as a civic badge of honour, the making of an icon in a fiefdom of sprawl is unthinkable – an oxymoron.

Commonly referred to as the Marilyn, the tower rotates clockwise between one and eight degrees. Supporting walls run longer or shorter depending on the configuration of the floor plates. C-shaped walls around the elevator shafts are used as key structural elements and to house mechanical systems. In the tower’s midsection, 10 floors rotate at the full eight degrees, creating the striking sashay in the building profile.

The horizontal ribs are, in fact, cantilevered balconies, which run seamlessly around the curves of the condo tower, one on top of the other all the way up. We’ve become conditioned to the architectural daring of art galleries and museums. The Absolute is a condo tower – a triumph of organic movement – brought to life by private developers.

The 56-storey Absolute "Marilyn" tower stands out in downtown Mississauga.

The 56-storey Absolute "Marilyn" tower stands out in downtown Mississauga. — The Globe and Mail

Next to the Marilyn is another she-building, not as visually arresting, but a worthy partner to the compelling courtesan. Under serious cloud cover, when the crystal-grey glass on the buildings grows dark, they appear to be a pair of elongated armadillos. The towers are the spectacular standouts in a five-tower complex called Absolute. The first three, with conventional designs, are already occupied. Marilyn will be open next year; her shapely sidekick, the year after that.

MAD Architects are significant as designers that have freed (like a handful of others) the condo tower from its slab rigidity. They know how to capture the naturalistic, irregular stacking that can occur, say, in China’s mountain ranges, while maintaining the vertical height of a skyscraper.

Architecture that pushes and pulls along floor plates (rather than the jagged volumes of a Daniel Libeskind or Zaha Hadid) has been gaining currency of late. In Chicago, there’s the Aqua Tower with its dynamic wave-like balconies, by Studio Gang. There’s the Gwanggyo Power Centre in Seoul, its mixed-use buildings shaped like cones, each floor lined with box hedges, by Rotterdam-based MVRDV architects.

Recently, MAD has taken the Absolute concept much further by proposing a heavily greened skyscraper for Chongqing, China. But, remember, all you design aficionados in Toronto or wherever you may be, the slipping, stacked phenomenon started first in Mississauga.

Whose afraid of a Philistine mayor when you have passionate builders and city staff? Serious kudos goes to Absolute’s partnership builders, the local Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes. Fernbrook president, Danny Salvatore, tells me that he’d grown tired of nearly 20 years of building subdivisions: “I knew that in order to put me ahead of the competition, I had to do iconic buildings.” At the same time, the Mississauga planning department, led by Edward Sajecki, made it clear that the city, which does not impose height limits, was looking for a gateway building for its downtown.

In 2005, the builders launched an open, international design competition that attracted 92 submissions. Ma Yansong, who studied at Yale, led MAD to victory with a tower of svelte gentility. The jury endorsed the design, but fretted about its buildability. So did Salvatore. To deal with that issue, he hired Burka Varacalli Architects as local design architects, and his own long-time colleague, structural engineer Sigmund Soudack, to weigh in with his 45 years of engineering experience.

Last week, when I visited the Absolute at Hurontario Street and Burnhamthorpe Road, howling winds and construction dust were blowing in fierce gusts around the concrete tower. Deep within the building, Soudack, known as Siggy, and who still speaks with an accent from his native Poland, unrolled architecture drawings in the on-site building office. With him was his colleague, Yury Gelman, an engineer, originally from Ukraine, who has experience designing gravity-based structures that sit on the bottom of the ocean within the Hibernia oil fields.

Anthony Pignetti and Sergio Vacilotto from nearby Dominus Construction Group were also there to discuss the challenges of building the tower. Their enthusiasm was palpable, and together they formed a team with cultural and professional ties from around the world.

Consensus quickly formed around the practical, lyrical properties of concrete. “Concrete is plastic,” says Soudack. “You can shape it. We love concrete.” Building a rotating skyscraper on shale required intense collaboration between architects, engineers and builders. With every step, the team had to embrace the irregularity of the building plan: that every suite on every floor was uniquely configured.

About a month after the MAD design was released to the public, the Marilyn was sold out to people who didn’t mind paying an extra 20 per cent to address the expensive building problem – a vote of confidence for architectural significance over formulaic housing.

As boulevards go, six-lane Hurontario wins a prize for uninviting and depersonalized. No café culture here. A meanness to the median and to the narrow sidewalk that runs past slab apartment towers. But streetscape improvements in the form of native grasses, benches and planters are promised for next year. And although funding hasn’t been nailed down, transit authority Metrolinx appears committed to the idea of a light-rail transit system to be planted along Hurontario and around a loop in Mississauga’s downtown.

Driving away from Mississauga, I glance in the rear-view mirror and see the Absolute’s silhouette. There she is: jutting her hip onto the horizon, pushing away from the mediocrity that lines the boulevard in an unlikely but lucky corner of the world, where banality has been trumped by a tribute to the female form.
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These towers look even better than their renders. It's amazing what they do to the skyline there. Instant elevation from pastiche mediocrity. I have a feeling they will put Mississauga and MAD on the map now. If I go to Toronto, now I have to see these towers. I don't think any other similar project in the world looks as good and has such an effect on the skyline. Maybe Aqua, maybe the Beekman, but to my eye this is the most elegant of them. Can't wait to see them lit up at night.
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I didn't get any good view shots because there was a lot of haze...

This is looking down on my place..



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In the next few years, Mississauga will have one of the most amazing skylines in the country...


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Most people in other parts of the country would scoff at that mere notice, hell I would of just a few years ago. But if they only knew what was coming next they won't be so surprised when it actually does happen.

In 5 years they'll be Vancouver-like density here. Vancouver's core will still be much larger, but the density will be similar.
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Skyline regardless, these buildings are beautiful and are on their way to becoming far more famous than that tower they built in sweden a couple years back, can't remember the name of that one though.
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