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Apr 17

This video is an official presentation of Mississauga’s Absolute Towers. This residential condominium is a complex of the five tower Absolute City Centre located in the north-east corner of the crossroads of Hurontario Street and Burnhamthope Road, a gateway to the Mississauga, Ontario town center. The project was built by Fernbrook Homes and Cityzen Development Group. The first three towers (Absolute City Centre 1 & 2 and Absolute Vision) were built between 2006 to 2008, the last two towers (Absolute World 4 & 5) was completed in 2011. Standing at 50 and 56 storeys, these two skyscrapers are the tallest of any built in a North American suburban city. During this video, we have occasion to listen to the most important people who were involved in this project about its background, innovative method of selecting the architects and finally how the project was completed.

Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Mayor recalls November 28, 2006 when during the annual Mississauga Urban Design Awards ceremony she announced that an international design competition was going to be held for the building of the fourth tower for Absolute World. The building was supposed to be the landmark tower for the development located at the north-east corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Hurontario Street. It was supposed also to be an effect of the first international design competition that was held by a private development group.

Sam Crignano, President Partner Cityzen Development Group adds that it was an idea which started to live its own life. He explains that no one from the design team could not anticipated the response that they would get, not only from the City of Mississauga but globally. No one believed that a private sector company would ever do that. Over six hundred registrants and ninety-two submissions from architects in seventy countries took part in this competition which was a global success. Then it was left up to the jury to decide who the finalist were.

Paulo Stellato, Partner from Cityzen Development Group explains that six projects were shortlisted but they did not make this information public until the time of the official ceremony. At the ceremony six finalists were presented to the public in a form of exhibition.

Ma Yansong, Founding Principal from MAD Architects recalls that one day his company got an email which said “Congratulations”. He explains that his firm has an ambition to build the future. Nevertheless, the major question is what the future city will look like in the high density urban context. He decided that this tower should not be another memorial or a symbol of strength and power. He rather wanted to introduce beautiful curves and the softness of the building. He thinks that its beauty raises thanks to its similarity to organic life.

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