November 22nd, 2010
Everyone in the Canadian real estate world has heard of the Cityzen Development Group, and most average guys and gals in southern Ontario have at least heard of the ‘Marlyin Monroe” building–the pet name for Cityzen’s curvaceous Absolute Towers in Mississauga.
With such innovative initiatives such as the Name Our Condo contest and Virtual Broker program they are really carving a niche for themselves as forward thinkers.
So to fill in the gaps in your knowledge, or give you a kick-start update, BuzzBuzzHome brings you the Past-Present-Future Buzz of Cityzen.
Established in 2004, Cityzen is relatively young in the world of developers, but it has already made its mark, through designing entirely noteworthy landmarks.
Some of Cityzen’s Present projects are (drum-roll please!)
Absolute World [map] This project made headlines initially because of a world-wide competition staged by Cityzen, soliciting designs for their landmark tower in Mississauga. Yansong Ma from a Beijing architectural design firm won for his design, and Murka Varacalli Architects were hired as a local partner. Absolute World had their topping off party last Friday, and you will hear more about it on our blog!
London on the Esplanade [map] gained a lot of press because of its two buildings with distinctly different designs; the west tower rising 30 storeys and featuring a glass modernist design; and the east tower rising only 16 storeys, complementing the historic warehouses in the area.
The L Tower [map] An exceptionally noteworthy building designed by “starchitect” Daniel Libeskind, there were some significant changes to his original design, but construction is now well under way.
All these projects are sure to become defining features of the Toronto urban landscape–not to be out-shadowed by Cityzen’s upcoming projects such as Backstage [map] which is due to launch very soon (pic at the top of the article).
There has been some recently confirmed rumours that Cityzen will purchase 154 Front St. E. No further elaboration has been made, only that “it’ll be exciting,” according to Cityzen’s Joe Cordiano.
Cityzen has also just bough a piece of land (in cahoots with Castlepoint Realty and Continental Ventures Realty) near the waterfront formerly owned by HomeDepot, and the land has already been rezoned by the city for mixed use.
Now – hopefully you can say you know more about Cityzen than when you woke up this morning!
Stick with us for more Buzz in the upcoming weeks on Cityzen!