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The result of an international design competition, Absolute World is set to become Mississauga's tallest building and become the most recognizable landmark of the city. The project was so successful that a second tower had to be added to meet demand.

The two Absolute World towers are part of a 5 tower complex called Absolute, located at Hurontario St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. in Mississauga's city centre.

Architect: MAD
Builder: Fernbrook Homes



 

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ABSOLUTE !!!!
 

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one of the the most inventive designs ,though they look much higher than 151 meter
 

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Great to see the friends up north building some great architecture! Will compliment Misssissauga well, being just outside Toronto.
 

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did they cut the height? I thought they were supposed to be around 200m ...
 

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did they cut the height? I thought they were supposed to be around 200m
negative on the height reduction...this was originally supposed to be a single tower of 56 storeys, but, as Tuscani has mentioned, sales were so strong, that they added the 2nd tower with 50 storeys.

Mississauga, btw, is Toronto's western suburb...population is about 704,000...and in the city centre of Mississauga there are currently no height restrictions for development..
 

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^^A large tower in downtown Toronto that undulated, rippled, or contorted would be a fantastic contradiction to what exist here now. The visual impact of a building is always heightened when placed next to something polar opposite.

The stifling conservatism here is starting to crack somewhat though. We're witnessing buildings with slanted facades, corners that aren't at 90 degrees, and even a few curves. Even these very timid experimentations with creativity have a very Toronto degree of restraint to them. Radically new ideas, practices, and trends have historically not been received well in Toronto. Los Angeles is the city that embraces those things. Los Angeles is a city built on taking chances and capitalizing on the latest thing. With it sometimes comes unimaginably fantastic results, but also some duds. That said, Absolute is a very un-Toronto building. It is both experimental and a cultural affront to the establishment here.

The only building constructed in recent memory that was both creative and a complete departure from the culture of Toronto, is the ROM Crystal, and as one might expect, there was a huge amount of backlash to it from 'traditional Toronto'. Obviously, there were many who adore it. Good design is good design whether it speaks to one's concept of what a building should feel and look like. Many people here are ready to accept buildings like ROM, most of Toronto is not there yet.

I love Toronto, but it is what it is. Thankfully, it's becoming more accepting of innovation and creativity. It would be an issue if there was no movement on this front. We're still the most over-insured, risk averse, safe populous on the planet, but we're starting to appreciate what fresh and novel approaches can offer. Embracing innovation and creativity is another matter. That will take 2 or 3 generations to filtre though. We can appreciate it, but we're not a place that embraces it.

It is probably more realistic to expect a Toronto version of Absolute or a complete backlash to it. Having said all that, this Toronto suburb needs all the great buildings it can get. Mississauga needs it more than downtown Toronto does.
 
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