The final build-out of M City project will include a ten residential condo towers with over 6,000 units for sale or rent on 4.3 million square feet. Key community features will include extending existing city streets on an angular plane to form a net-work of land parcels and create a pedestrian-friendly environment.
The first and most visible phase of the project will be a 60-storey tower, on top of an extended 5-storey horizontal base or “podium” of public facilities and retail and recreational uses. The podium has a prismatic shape by virtue of its faceted glass walls as well as a large rooftop amenity and green roof. It has been designed to form the street edge along Burnhamthorpe and Confederation. The ground level is rounded out with retail units and landscaping. These areas are intended to encour-age a lively and interesting pedestrian environment.
The tower will have a unique geometry that redefines Mississauga’s skyline. Its characteristic undulating geometric pres-ence is a series of twisted horizontal bands that form the entire shaft of the tower. There are seven typical floor plate shapes (A,B,C,D,E,F and G), beginning with a rectangle (D) and skewing first towards one extreme (G), then skewing back through D to the other extreme (A). The corners of each plate floor plate shifts over 1m from the plate below. This is done with short shear walls that ‘walk’ along with the skewing and overlap above and below. The tower’s unique appearance results from the rotation of the floor plates.
The precise geometric procedures used do not compromise the layouts of the rooms. In addition, continuous balconies made from translucent white laminated glass wrap every floor plate, extending the level of amenity in further. And in terms of appearance, this outer layer of glass extends 300mm below the slab to create broad horizontal banding and give the building its characteristic form.
The tower’s rotating floor plates not only provides for excellent residential units but also contributes to the iconic role of this building on the urban skyline.