Slender 81-Story Tower to Join Mississauga’s M City Scheme. Following the unprecedented successes of M City’s first two towers, M1 and M2, Rogers Real Estate Development, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the M City team unveiled plans for a third tower along the western edge of Mississauga, Canada’s emerging downtown. Designed by Canadian firm IBI Group, M3 will soar to 81 stories, positing it the tallest tower in Mississauga by a significant margin, and one of the tallest buildings in the Greater Toronto Area.
The tower’s unveiling comes only a few short months after site preparations began for the more than 1,570 units that comprise the development’s first two phases. Rogers Real Estate Development Limited, a private holding company owned by the Rogers family, enlisted leading Canadian developer Urban Capital Property Group to help enact their vision for downtown Mississauga. The eight-tower, 15-acre (6-hectare), 4.3 million-square-foot (399,483-square-meter) master-planned community was designed by urban designers Cooper Robertson of New York, to reflect the city’s own vision for a new downtown, and introduces two acres (8,093 square meters) of public parkland onto the site.
“We are working to build a complete, well-planned city. Today is another important milestone as we shape our City’s growing and thriving downtown core. Once complete, M City will define the western edge of downtown Mississauga and will perfectly compliment the Absolute Towers to the east. These significant and ongoing building investments help strengthen our City’s tax base which allows Council to fund important resident priorities we all rely on including libraries, community centers, and public transit,” Mayor Crombie said.
The newly proposed high-rise’s slender design features a subtle twist at the lower and upper parts of the tower and a dramatically sloped crown at the top. The design is rooted in the context of the city’s downtown and was the result of a design competition held by the developers, which received proposals from several of the country’s top architecture firms. “M3 preserves the spirit of movement and twists that made the M City 1 and 2 buildings so striking. It was important for our design to embody this artful dynamism that has become so representative of Mississauga, but with a subtle, refined application,” says lead architect Mansoor Kazerouni, Global Director of Buildings at IBI Group.
The tower’s verticality is enhanced by a dynamic façade, defined by sawtooth balconies that create a black-and-white diagonal pattern up the building, providing scale, texture and materiality. Fronting onto Burnham Thorpe Road, the building will provide unfettered access to abundant green spaces with the complex’s expansive parkland abutting the podium. A wraparound café on the ground level, along with a linear park on the tower’s northeast side, will aim to activate the public realm in and around the site. The building’s unique design allows for an extensive amenity pavilion that includes an indoor pool and gymnasium, providing one-of-a-kind views of the neighboring park.
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Source: CTBUH News