MAD’s “Marilyn Monroe” Towers Sex Up Canadian Skyline
December 12, 2012
The burgeoning city of Mississauga, Canada, just unveiled a pair of curvaceous towers. Chinese firm MAD saw a unique opportunity in Mississauga’s up-and-coming status to create a new kind of skyscraper, setting the creative tone for further urban development in the area. The Absolute Towers, nicknamed the “Marilyn Monroe Towers” by locals because of their shapely silhouettes, are slinky, circular structures rather than the typical boxy, imposing skyscraper. They may look like two stacks of wobbly saucers, but these beautiful towers house hundreds of apartments and condos and give the city of Mississauga a chic new identity. Read more.
The two towers stand 492 feet and 558 feet tall. Each oval floor features apartments with wrap-around balconies that offer panoramic views of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows on each level are recessed deep into the curving facade to help shade the apartments during hot summer days and protect them from the elements.
The towers bring character to what would otherwise be just another on-the-cusp metropolis. Thanks to MAD and its convention-bending design, Mississauga has the chance to develop a city-wide aesthetic with a unique character as it grows.