Beijing-based MAD Architects won out in an international competition that took place in 2006 to build the glorious and curvaceous Absolute Towers. The competition challenged the applicants to create a residential landmark in Toronto’s neighbouring city of Mississauga, Ontario.
According to the architects, “Despite its landmark status, the emphasis is not solely on height. Our design 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. Our aim is 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.”
Completed in 2012, these curvaceous towers have been nicknamed Marilyn Monroe by the locals.
Images by Iwan Baan and Jason Zytynsky.