Made of glass, concrete, and steel, the 56-story tower has been dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" because of its curving lines.
“North American cities need something more organic, more natural, more human,” said Ma Yansong, a Yale-educated architect working for Beijing-based MAD Architects. He entered and won a design competition set to bring greater character to Toronto’s Mississauga suburb. Yansong achieved his aspirations with his 56-story glass, concrete, and steel tower.
Unlike the typical boxy high-rise, this curvilinear building created construction challenges. The building has been dubbed “the Marilyn Monroe,” due to its curving lines.
The tower uses Valspar’s Acrodize coating in pewter. This coating was designed for low-rise buildings with heavy foot traffic. This 50% PVDF coating has exceptional resistance to fading and chalking and delivers a pearlescent look.
The project was so successful that Yansong was commissioned to design a sister tower. There are now two dynamic introductions to the Toronto skyline, providing something more organic.