Client: Cityzen/Fernbrook Homes
Location: Mississauga, Ont., Canada
Floor Area: 79,100 m2
No. of Units: 874
Status: Built, 2012
Award: 2012 Mississauga’s Urban Design Awards, Award of Excellence
2012 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Best Tall Building in the Americas



The last two phases of the Absolute project was the product of an international design competition. The winning entry was submitted by MAD from Beijing, China. The Client contracted Burka Architects Inc. to design the structure, internal layout of the towers, the podium and to spearhead the approval process and to create the construction documents.

The project occupies the most significant corner in Mississauga, Ontario, and is regarded as a landmark design. The tower floor-plans are designed to rotate as the buildings rise from the ground, creating a playful shape that changes from every angle. The public spaces surrounding the buildings are designed to provide a transition between the ground plane and the towers. Live-work units permit the conversion from residential to a commercial / retail use, while at the same time, masking the above grade parking in the podium and providing a “pedestrian friendly” texture and scale along the street.