Once upon a time, in 2004, there was an empty site at the intersection of two wide suburban streets in "downtown" Mississauga. Then came a vision, a plan and development. The Absolute World Towers in Mississauga, aka the Marilyn Monroe towers, constructed between 2004 and 2012 now stand tall and curvaceous, bringing an architectural imprint to Mississauga.

Absolute Towers, rendering courtesy of Cityzen, Fernbrook HomesAbsolute Towers, rendering courtesy of Cityzen, Fernbrook Homes

The 50- and 56-storey buildings constructed of concrete, steel and glass curve skyward, each floor rotating by up to 8 degrees, and surrounded by continuous balconies. The construction was no easy feat — the engineers, Sigmund Soudack and Associates and builders, Dominus Construction Group, had to design an internal construction hoist. Each floor is supported by walls of varying thickness and columns of different lengths.

The result is an eye-catching statement that puts Mississauga on the map. Designed by MAD Architects, the last two towers of the five-tower development are finalists for the International Highrise Award 2012. According to the jury, "The way this quiet, yet striking double sculpture provides the city with a new center, as well as blending in with its urban background is extremely praiseworthy."

The images below show the progress of development year after year. Even better, click through to the project thread where you can view a cool photo slide show of the site as it progressed toward completion.

Absolute World Development Site, image courtesy of JasonzedAbsolute World Development Site, image courtesy of Jasonzed

Absolute World Development Site, image courtesy of JasonzedAbsolute World Development Site, image courtesy of Jasonzed

Absolute World Development Site, image courtesy of JasonzedAbsolute World Development Site, image courtesy of Jasonzed

Absolute World Development Site, image courtesy of JasonzedAbsolute World Development Site, image courtesy of Jasonzed

Absolute World Development Site, image courtesy of JasonzedAbsolute World Development Site, image courtesy of Jasonzed

Absolute World Development Site, image courtesy of JasonzedAbsolute World Development Site, image courtesy of Jasonzed

Absolute World Development Site, image courtesy of JasonzedAbsolute World Development Site, image courtesy of Jasonzed

To view these photos in a slideshow, go to the Forum thread post here.