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جمعه 24 آذر‌ماه سال 1391 ساعت 12:49 ق.ظ

Chinese firm MAD has completed a pair of curvaceous twisted skyscrapers in the growing city of Mississauga, Canada (+ slideshow).

Absolute Towers by MAD

Standing at 170 and 150 metres, the Absolute Towers contain apartments on each of their oval-shaped floors, but every storey is incrementally rotated to give both buildings a curved and twisted outline.

Absolute Towers by MAD

“The concept of the tower at the beginning was very simple,” said MAD founder Ma Yansong. “We just wanted to make something organic but different, more natural and more soft and not something too strong that would remind people of money or power.”

Absolute Towers by MAD

Mississauga first developed as a suburb of Toronto but has grown in recent decades and was named as a city in 1974. Since then, high-rise developments have sprung up across the city and the architects were keen to avoid designing another of these “listless, boxy buildings”.

Absolute Towers by MAD

“Lots of cities like this are happening in China, just repeating the modern urban typology and always making square towers,” added Yansong. “We were thinking; how about reversing that? “So we don’t treat architecture as a product, or an artificial volume or space. It’s more like a landscape.”

Absolute Towers by MAD

MAD won a competition to design the buildings in 2006, which were initially dubbed “the Marylyn Monroe towers” by local residents in reference to their shapely bodies.

Absolute Towers by MAD

Apartments in both towers boast panoramic views of the city skyline from continuous balconies that wrap around the recessed glass facades. This set-back also helps to shade each apartment from direct sunlight in the summer months.

Absolute Towers by MAD

MAD also recently unveiled plans for a village of towering apartment blocks beside the Huangshan Mountains in China.

Absolute Towers by MAD

See more architecture by MAD, including a museum the firm completed last year in the desert city Ordos.

Absolute Towers by MAD

Above: site plan – click above for larger image

Photography is by Iwan Baan.

Absolute Towers by MAD

Above: typical floor plan – click above for larger image

Here’s a project description from MAD:

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