Absolute Towers

Absolute Towers

Project Type: Commercial
Exterior
Mississauga, Ontario
2010

Award winning skyscrapers

Absolute Towers
Architect: Burka ArchitectsMAD Architects
Glazier: Toro Aluminum
Glazing Producer: ProTemp Glass
Photographer: Tom Arban Photography

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012 : The world’s most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, goes this year to the Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, Canada. The two towers were selected by an international jury of experts from over 300 skyscrapers at least 100 meters tall completed last year. The award, given by Emporis (www.emporis.com), the international provider of building data, is being presented for the thirteenth time this year.

Project Summary

Rising high above the city of Mississauga, Ontario, the Absolute Towers are a marvel of architecture and beauty. With unique twists, curves, and reflective glass properties, the newest towers in the Absolute City Center provide the city with a distinct focal point for residents and visitors to enjoy and feel proud of. AGC Glass North America was chosen to provide the glass materials that would accentuate the architectural vision of renowned firms, Burka Architects and MAD Architects, who collaborated on the design of the new towers. Because of their long-standing reputation of manufacturing and ongoing commitment to providing innovative and functional products, AGC Ti-AC was the perfect choice to help bring the towers to life. The project began in 2008 and was completed in 2010. AGC was pleased to have the opportunity to support the Toro Group and the entire building team on such a noteworthy project.

Scope

Towers 4 and 5 are the largest structures making up the Absolute City Center. Tower 4 stands at 50 stories (492 ft/150m), while its twin, Tower 5, stands at 56 stories (170 ft./170m); making them the focal point of the complex, as well as of the city of Mississauga.

257,000 square feet of high-performance insulating glass was used in the construction of Towers 4 and 5. AGC sputter-coated reflective glass was specified in the design and construction due to its’ unique reflective properties and insulation qualities.

Features

With twists and curvatures designed to mimic the natural human form, the towers have been nicknamed “The Marilyn Monroe Towers”, or by some – the “Condo Couple” as their glass shapes resemble the beauty of a woman and the robustness of a man.The curves of towers rotate by different degrees, providing each residential unit a 360-degree scenic view of the city and natural surroundings, with the intent of inspiring a greater appreciation of nature.The use of AGCTi-AC low-e glass provides light level transmittance, as well as warm weather energy efficiency.

Awards

2012 World's Best Skyscraper, Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012, Architect's Guide to Glass and Metal 2012 Design Award, 2012 Mississauga's Urban Design Awards, Award of Excellence, 2012 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Best Tall Building in the Americas