This week UrbanToronto visits Cityzen & Fernbrook's remarkable Absolute World towers construction site in Mississauga. The design by Yansong Ma of MAD was the winner of an attention-getting international architectural competition. The public has rarely been so engaged in the architectural process as Ma's design captured the imagination of thousands. The first Absolute World building sold so well that the last tower in the five-phase Absolute complex at Burhamthorpe and Hurontario was designed in the same style as well. The two are now rising skyward, the first now being about 10 floors from its eventual 56 storey total, and the second tower being about 30 floors short of its ultimate 50 storey height.

We start our trip through Absolute World with close-ups of the exterior to highlight the sculptural qualities of these two buildings. Of course, these views will change once the balcony glass starts to appear and the undersides of the balconies are painted. Most views will no doubt become sleeker and shinier and more amazing, but we are partial to the way some of these look right now.

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

Absolute World reflected in the glass of the Mississauga Executive Centre, just to the north:

Construction at Absolute World reflected in Mississauga Executive Centre

Construction at Absolute World reflected in Mississauga Executive Centre

Tomorrow we'll start big, with recent looks at the full towers, and then go inside:

Construction at Absolute World in Mississauga

posted: 2010-07-05 02:49:47

Related Companies:  Burka Architects, Cityzen Development Group, Dominus Construction Group, ESQAPE Design, Fernbrook Homes, MAD architects, NAK Design Group, Quest Window Systems