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Two young UK firms make it to final six for Canadian tower

Two young British practices have made it on to the shortlist of a major international competition for a skyscraper to be built in the Canadian city of Mississauga.

Boyarsky Murphy, from London, and Newcastle-based Studio MWM have made it onto a six-strong list in the Absolute Tower competition, which also features four North American practices.

These finalists saw off competition from some 90 practices who came from 70 countries

The brief demanded a 60-storey condominium tower and three-storey podium block at the corner of the most prominent intersection in the city.

MWM's 280m-tall tower ( pictured above) comprises 60 storeys of accommodation and six storeys of communal uses arranged around a dramatic 66-storey, naturally ventilated atrium.

However, Boyarsky Murphy broke from the strict brief by proposing a cluster of five different towers to cater for the 'different needs, lifestyles and dreams of the future residents' ( pictured below).

In this proposal, four residential towers cluster around a circulation tower that provides opportunities for 'social interaction'.

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by Ed Dorrell

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