Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Soaring 60 storeys from the corner of Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway, M City’s flagship tower will emerge as the defining landmark of Mississauga’s downtown core and the city’s tallest building. The first of 10 towers in a $1.5 billion, master-planned community, M City will leave an indelible mark on Mississauga’s skyline in both scale and design, further burnishing the reputation of a city that is rapidly urbanizing. “Mississauga has reached an inflection point and we recognize that we have a significant role to play in how this city continues to evolve,” says Edward Rogers, whose family’s private holding company, Rogers Real Estate Development Limited, is the owner of the project. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of a city.”
“Mississauga’s ambition served as our motivation. The city is carving out a special portion of Burnhamthorpe Road that houses Celebration Square, The Living Arts Centre, Square One and the LRT, and turning it into a memorable downtown core. We wanted to address this nascent urbanism, recognizing that M City plays a vital role in the formation of an urbanized centre,” says Babak Eslahjou, who is leading the design team on behalf of CORE Architects. Each of M City’s seven typical floor plates take turns skewing to each extreme as the building rises, stacking in a repetitive pattern. The non-rectangular geometry creates the impression of fluid movement and lightness of mass, leaving a striking presence on the Mississauga skyline. “M City’s tower will be instantly recognizable, but equal attention and care was given to the podium, which anchors the project. Not only does the podium enable the lifestyle component of the building, but it defines how this and future phases interact with the streetscape and the fine grain network of blocks that characterize the master plan,” says Mark Reeve, partner, Urban Capital Property Group. Faceted glass walls designed by CORE Architects introduce a prismatic shape to the podium, accommodating a large rooftop amenity space. Retail at grade is a primary draw for active street life, which is augmented by over two acres of public parkland, providing a solid foundation for a vibrant community. All amenities, common areas and suites for the project were crafted by the award-winning interior design firm Cecconi Simone, who drew inspiration from the architecture’s fluid form and dynamic geometry. “It was important that the interiors and amenities achieved the same attributes as the architecture: fluidity, movement, excitement. The amenities flow from interior to exterior and the spaces are not simply square or straight but are sculpted in angular planes defined with different materials. Floor finishes wrap up walls, planes are folded and twisted, sunlight and artificial light are manipulated to enhance the spaces,” says Elaine Cecconi, partner, Cecconi Simone.