Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

2012 Best Tall Building Americas

“There have been several curvaceous towers completed in recent years – some using balconies to achieve the free-form edge, and others using the whole façade. With Absolute we see the entire building twisting to achieve the organic form, creating a beautiful new landmark for a developing urban area.”
– David Scott, Awards Juror
                                                                                                                                                                Laing O’Rourke

8 Spruce Street  

Absolute Towers, Mississauga, Canada
Completion Date: August, 2012
Height: Tower 1, 179.5 meters; Tower 2, 158 meters
Stories: Tower 1, 56 stories; Tower 2, 50 stories
Use: Residential
Owner: Fernbrook and Cityzen
Design Architect: MAD architects
Associate Architect: Burka Architects
Structural Engineer: Sigmund Soudack
MEP Engineer: Stantec
Project Manager:
MAD: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Fernbrook: Anthony Pignetti, Sergio Vacilotto, Ivano DiPietro, Faruq Ahmad, Jordana Scola


Dubbed the “Marilyn Monroe” building, due to its sexy curves, Absolute Towers has added a new landmark to the skyline of Mississauga, a fast-growing suburb of Toronto. The architects sought to add something “naturalistic, delicate and human in contrast to the backdrop of listless, boxy buildings.” The design features smooth, unbroken balconies that wrap each floor of the building. The torsional form of the towers is underpinned with a surprisingly simple structural solution.