360° of Marilyn Munroe

I live in Mississauga and for the past few years at least, something special has been going on. A landmark building right in our city. It is called 360° Condo, dubbed the Marilyn Munroe Towers because of its curvaceous design.

In November 2006, the mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, announced a international competition for the fourth tower for Absolute World. There were over 600 registrants and 92 submissions from architects in seventy countries who took part in this competition.

These six finalists were announced on January 30, 2007:
• Nicholas Boyarsky, Boyarsky Murphy Architects, United Kingdom
• Michel Rojkind, rojkind arquitectos, Mexico
• Roland Rom Colthoff, Quadrangle Architects Limited, Canada
• Sebastian Messer, Studio MWM, United Kingdom
• Yansong Ma, MAD office, China
• Tarek El-Khatib, Zeidler Partnership Architects, Canada

And the winning design announced on March 28, 2007 went to Yansong Ma, founder of the MAD office, Beijing/China architectural design firm. Absolute World Condos and Townhome Condos are situated on the corner of Hurontario St. and Burhamthorpe Rd. I see it daily. Guests who come to visit from out of town are in awe of the design. Some of those who live here think it may collapse like a deck of cards because of its twisty design. I personally think it doesn’t look as nice as the art rendering they originally posted in front of the construction site. The two towers look a little anemic. With thirty something photos, I hope you enjoy the construction of these buildings.

I did check out the sales office to see what kinds of layout and price for each unit were. The three regular towers were about $350,000+ CAD while those same units in the Marilyn Monroe towers were at least $100,000 more because of the prestigious award it received. I checked out the two-bedroom and three bedroom Townhome suites because of its accessibility to the garage, garden and street level entrance. Comfortable for someone single like me but there is no room for storage. Recently, as reported on December 27, 2011, a penthouse suite went up for sale at a cost of $3.2 million. Cost to build it: $40 million.

For more information on these buildings and amenities, please check out Absolute World at: http://www.mississauga4sale.com/Condos-GTA/90-Absolute-Avenue.htm.


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