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Absolute Towers / MAD Architects

 01:00 - 12 December, 2012


Absolute Towers / MAD Architects

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Zhao Fan. Dang Qun  Design Team Shen Jun. Liu Yuan. Robert Groessinger.  Structural Engineer SIGMUND. Yi Wenzhen. Yao Mengyao. Ontario.© Iwan Baan  Architects MAD Architects  Location Mississauga. Zhao Wei. Eric Spencer  Associate Architects BURKA Architects INC. Yu Kui. Li Kunjuan. Florian Pucher. Yosuke Hayano. Max Lonnqvist. Canada  Director in Charge Ma Yansong. SOUDACK & ASSOCIATES INC. Hao Yi.  Mechanical Engineer ECE Group  Electrical Engineer ECE Group  Landscape Architect NAK Design  Interior Designer ESQAPE Design  Client Fernbrook / Cityzen .

Throughout the process of urbanization. Tom Arban. linear structures and degenerative duplication in business districts across the globe. A forest is a thriving ecosystem wherein every organism survives only in a state of symbiosis.  Project Year 2012  Photographs Iwan Baan. efficiency-centric development practices. prime capitals and the societal projections of wealth and prosperity. our cities will continue to lack the cohesion of life as implied by the term: forest. New ambitions nurtured in a changing global consciousness challenge the aging pattern of last . metropolitan life is negatively affected by these unchecked. Without a challenge to the status quo. skyscrapers have been symbols of technological bravado. Forced into an unnatural state of conformity. This limited framework for skyscrapers often results in solutions limited by homogenous. MAD Architects +10 Save this picture! © Iwan Baan From the architect.

inspiring and eloquent solutions for tomorrow's high-rises.century's development and favor fresh thoughtful. Save this picture! © Tom Arban What lies in the future of our cities? How should one grasp the concept of emerging high- density cities? How can city dwellers be immersed with an enriching experience of nature when its presence steadily diminishes in the face of the ever intensifying concrete inundation? Faced with these challenges. Save this picture! . future high-rise buildings need to catalyze a higher level of complexity in our cities for the sake of harmonious civilization.

Our ambition was to provide each resident a unique experience of the city. This activation of flow forms an organic punctuation in the landscape and a desire for an urban acknowledgement of enthusiasm. . we thrive to challenge the sustenance of commonplace boxy skyscrapers. a heterarchitical distribution. the Absolute Towers parallel the twisting fluidity or natural lines found in life. © MAD Architects Fondly dubbed the Marylyn Monroe towers by local residents. Here.

the Absolute Towers gracefully bear their landmark status and act as a gateway to the city beyond. boxy buildings. the buildings provide residents an emotional connection to their hometown and neighbors. yet emphasizes the movement of an adoring figure. Yet. we wanted to add something naturalistic. Save this picture! . urbanized area. delicate and human in contrast to the backdrop of listless. the cityscape lacked a unique character. the cadence of the floors rising into the sky echo the modular rhythms of the human experience. human bodies. We hope this building can wake up metropolitans’ desires towards nature. At the macro.Continuous balconies widen individual viewing angles and promote community at the micro scale of a single floor. has been quickly developing into an independent. Mississauga. near Toronto. Sited at the junction of two main streets (Hurantario and Burnhamthorpe). In response. Save this picture! © Iwan Baan Like other suburbs in North America. such as sun and wind. As a residential landmark that strives for more than simple efficiency. and certainly.

the floor plate rotates in a range of one to eight degrees affording breathtaking panoramas of the Mississauga skyline concluding in reverence to the principle street intersection at its peak. unbroken balcony that wraps each floor of the building. In addition. creating a wonderful medium for social interaction throughout the balconies. Save this picture! . the design features a smooth. the Absolute Towers choose not to emphasize vertical lines. and connecting the city dwellers with naturalistic design principles. Mississauga is infused with a new character. at each successive level. Instead. © MAD Architects Eschewing the tradition of accentuated verticality in high-rises. By maximizing the viewing potentials inside and out.

Our approach. is to create a balanced environment that evokes the feeling of exploring nature while simultaneously a responsive model for the development of urban space in harmony with nature. © Iwan Baan In place of the basic. This design practice remains the axiom of the industrial revolution. the current trend of sustainable design is reminiscent of the sudden rise in the glass-faced boxy buildings of last century. functional logic of an aging modernism. or simply life and philosophy. For instance. man controls nature. in concept. Sustainability. in traditional Chinese gardens. is often unfortunately simplified to the lowest common denominator. Real sustainability results in a harmonious civilization. This is the biggest challenge of our time. it will become merely a demand for comfort while the yearning of a return to nature is ignored. How do we rebuild urban environments with life and emotion where people are connected and respected? Save this picture! . We feel sustainability is a much greater concept which can guide a new culture of design resulting in real change. building and nature elements are integrated to create a spiritual and poetic environment fostering great literature. ergo. A sustainable architecture in modern concept. poem and music. If we limit the scope of sustainable ecology to energy savings.

the balconies naturally shade the interior from the summer sun while soaking in the winter sun. © Iwan Baan The torsional form of the towers is underpinned with a surprisingly simply and inexpensive structural solution. the dynamically fluid shaping of the towers. Besides providing every resident with a nice exterior place to enjoy views of Mississauga. Meanwhile. adeptly handles wind loading and ensures comfort throughout all the balconies. reducing air conditioning costs. The bearing walls extend and contract in response to the sectional fluctuation created by the rotation of the floors while the balconies consist of cantilevered concrete slabs. naturally aerodynamic. there is a thermal break in the slabs at the exterior glazing such that the insulation need not wrap the entirety of the balconies. The two residential towers are supported by a grid of concrete load bearing walls. Save this picture! . In order to ensure the elegant edge profiles are as thin as possible.

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