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Mississauga, Canada, 'Marilyn Monroe' skyscraper named Skyscraper of the Year

September 19, 2013
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  • The shapely Absolute World Towers was named Skyscraper of the Year
  • The buildings in Mississauga saw off competition from 300 entries
  • It is the second time a skyscraper in Canada has won the coveted title

By
Stuart Woledge

15:53 GMT, 17 September 2013


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15:26 GMT, 18 September 2013

Rising 175 metres into the Mississauga skyline, these two blocks of high rise apartments dubbed the ‘Marilyn Monroe of architectural world’ have been named Skyscraper of the Year.

So called because their hourglass figure bears a similar shape to that of the legendary Hollywood film star, each of the flats in The Absolute World Towers, near Toronto in Canada, are said to be unique.

Designed by 6 MAD and Burka Architects they twist 209 degrees from their base to the top floor, 56 storeys up.

Shapely: Rising 175 metres into the Canadian skyline, they have been likened to Marilyn Monroe

Shapely: Rising 175 metres into the Canadian skyline, they have been likened to Marilyn Monroe

Absolute winner: The towers in Mississauga twist 209 from their base to the top, 56 floors up

Absolute winner: The towers in Mississauga twist 209 from their base to the top, 56 floors up

Awarding the title Emporis Skyscraper of the Year, a panel of experts said: ‘The way the
two structures twist organically by up to eight degrees per floor is not
just a superb technical achievement, but also a refreshing change to
the set forms of high-rise routine.’

Second place went to Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi, with the its 145-metre high towers, complete with translucent facade which runs off power generated by solar energy.

The Burj Qatar, a 238-metre high, £80 million structure, took third place in the Emporis awards.

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the Burj Qatar is topped by a dome with a spire that acts as a lightning conductor.

Runner-up: Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi was pipped at the post to first placer by Absolute Towers

Runner-up: Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi was pipped at the post to first placer by Absolute Towers

Electric: The Burj Qatar, finished with a lightening rod, was named the third best skyscraper of 2012

Electric: The Burj Qatar, finished with a lightening rod, was named the third best skyscraper of 2012

There were no spots in the top ten for new buildings opened in Britain, but the UK played an important role in architecture.

The Bow, a 236-metre high skyscraper in Calgary, came fourth in the list and was designed by London-based Foster and Partners.

Making up the top five was House on Mosfilmovskaya 1, in Moscow, with the rhomboid base turning slightly anti-clockwise from floor to floor, creating the its twisted appearance.

The Bow: No British buildings made onto the list, but this one in Calgary, Canada, was designed by a UK firm

The Bow: No British buildings made onto the list, but this one in Calgary, Canada, was designed by a UK firm

Tall storey: With 71 floors over 310 metres, Pearl River Tower in China, was the highest on the list

Tall storey: With 71 floors over 310 metres, Pearl River Tower in China, was the highest on the list

A credit to the architect: UniCredit Tower in Milan was named in eighth spot by the panel of judges

A credit to the architect: UniCredit Tower in Milan was named in eighth spot by the panel of judges

The tallest building on the list was the Pearl River Tower, in Guangzhou, China, with the 71-storey scraper 310-metres high.

It is the 68th tallest skyscraper in the world, significantly behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which has a height of 828 metres.

Absolute World Towers is the second building in Canada to win the Emporis Skyscraper Award following Vancouver’s One Wall Centre which took the prize in 2001.

The two towers were selected by an international jury of experts from more than 300 skyscrapers at least 100 metres tall that were completed last year.

Despite being the home of the skyscraper and boasting last year’s winner in Manhattan’s Eight Spruce Street, there were no places in the top ten for the USA.

Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona

House on Mosfilmovskaya in Moscow

Dizzy heights: Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel (left) and House on Mosfilmovskaya in Moscow (right)

Dumankaya Ikon in Istanbul

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza in China

Grand designs: Dumankaya Ikon in Istanbul (left) and Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza in China (right)

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

The are many wonderful examples of contemporary architecture in the GTA. I would recommend to anyone visiting Toronto, to take a day or two and seek some of these places out. You won’t be disappointed.

Teaghan W
,

Exeter, United Kingdom,
18/9/2013 09:45

Its the structural engineers that should be praised, not the architects.

ray ninagain
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over the rainbow, United Kingdom,
18/9/2013 09:36

Just love these modern structures, beautiful sculptures and feats of engineering

Paul
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Walsall, United Kingdom,
18/9/2013 09:16

some great looking buildings there… the hotel in barca looks like a cheese grater lol

Mark
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England, United Kingdom,
18/9/2013 09:09

Glad to see that hideous Shard never made it. I work close to it and it sticks out like a sore thumb, oh and by the way, they can’t even rent the office space out because nobody wants it.

Fed Up
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Witham, United Kingdom,
18/9/2013 08:38

We should have won 🙁 Dumankaya IKON

iso_G
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¿stanbul, Turkey,
18/9/2013 07:52

Looks like the builders got a kink in the drawings as it was going up.. And as to resembling Marilyn Monroe, all I can say is put your glasses back on.. or take them off!!!

Jon Sims
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Ningbo, China,
18/9/2013 05:53

Just can’t see the Marilyn thing myself. Marilyn’s curves were in and out not round and round.

Peter
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Dundee,
18/9/2013 00:52

Look more like stockinged legs rather than Marilyn Monroe”s figure ¿ ! – Mrs Ellis , Devon, 17/9/2013 18:42………………Mrs Ellis, it was almost a good comment – almost. But even if you go for your twisted legs theory – there are going to be two apartments – one front, one back with glorious names. “Which apartment do you live in Sir” – “Well I’m the ****”. Sorry – I thought it was funny anyway.

Red Tick Alert
,

Arnhem, Netherlands,
17/9/2013 22:16

ALL of these designs will date very quickly; we’ll view them as excessive and indulgent by 2030; the architectural equivalent of bell bottoms.

jonathan clark
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canada,
17/9/2013 21:53

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