The best new skyscraper of 2012 is… Mississauga, Ont.’s Absolute World Towers.
The head-turning towers, nicknamed the ‘Marilyn Monroe’ for their ample curves, claimed the Emporis Skyscraper Award given out by the real estate data mining company each year. Designed by MAD and Burka Architects, no two floors of the two towers are the same.
Emporis’s jury of architecture experts applauded the Absolute World Towers for their distinctive design.
“The way the two structures twist organically by up to eight degrees per floor is not just a superb technical achievement, but also a refreshing change to the set forms of high-rise routine,” they said in a press release.
It’s the second time a Canadian building has won the top honour, given out annually since 2000. One Wall Centre in Vancouver won in 2001.
Emporis's panel also recognized another Canadian building in the 2012 awards.
The Bow in Calgary came in fourth. Designed by Foster + Partners and Zeidler Partnership Architects, it stands at 236 meters and is the third-tallest building in Canada.
Click through the slideshow below to see the winner and runners-up.