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Absolute Towers Up Close

By Jason Leach
Published May 07, 2012

Absolute World Towers, Mississauga
Absolute World Towers, Mississauga

I was in Mississauga last week, and it was my first time seeing the iconic Absolute World towers up close. I have to say, the context was strange at street level: tall, hyper-urban towers rising out of a downright suburban footprint. No wonder Yansong Ma, the Chinese architect who designed it, was perplexed when he first saw the place.

Yet the purpose of their design competition seems to have paid off. There I was, standing in a completely bland, un-photogenic area, snapping away at a gorgeous building - and now posting said pics on an urban issues blog.

Close-up of the curvy 'Marilyn Monroe' towers
Close-up of the curvy 'Marilyn Monroe' towers

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted May 07, 2012 at 09:46:17

You need to see them in a fog. Otherworldly.

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By DrAwesomesauce (registered) | Posted May 07, 2012 at 15:47:55

I wasn't sure what to think when I first saw the plans for these towers but they're impressive. Kudos to Mississauga.

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted May 08, 2012 at 02:29:31

Other than their stark appearance outside, they're totally normal inside. I don't see what the fuss is about when I go by these things daily on the way to work. They really stand out though since there's no buildings nearby that are anywhere near the size of them.

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