The Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers / MVRDV

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The Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers by MVRDVis a residential development of the Yongsan Business district. A 260 meter tall tower and a 300 meter tall tower are connected in the center by a pixelated cloud of additional programs offering amenities and outside spaces with wide views. The towers with a total surface of 128,000m2 are expected to be completed in 2015. More images and project description after the break.

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The two towers are positioned at the entrance of the Yongsan Dreamhub project, a master plan designed by Studio Libeskind, extending the business district of the South Korean capital . The southern tower reaches a height of 260 meters with 54 floors, the northern tower 300 meters with 60 floors. Halfway, at the level of the 27th floor the cloud is positioned, a 10 floor tall pixelated volume, connecting the two towers. The cloud differentiates the project from other luxury developments, it moves the plinth upwards and makes space on ground floor level for public gardens, designed by Martha Schwartz.

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Usually a high-rise adds little to the immediate surrounding city life, by integrating public program to the cloud the typology adds in a more social way to the city. Inside the cloud, besides the residential function, 14,357m2 of amenities are located: the sky lounge – a large connecting atrium, a wellness center, conference center, fitness studio, various pools, restaurants and cafes. On top of the cloud are a series of public and private outside spaces, patios, decks, gardens and pools. To allow fast access the cloud is accessible by special express elevators.

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The luxurious apartments range from 80m2 to 260m2 of which some offer double height ceilings , patios or gardens. The towers with a perfect square floor plan contain four corner apartments per floor offering each fine daylight conditions and cross ventilation. Each tower is accessed via a grand lobby at ground level; the rest of the ground floor is divided into town houses. In addition to the amenities the Cloud furthermore contains 9,000m2 of Officetel (Office-Hotel) a typical Korean typology and 25,000m2 panoramic apartments with specific lay-outs. The top floors of both towers are reserved for penthouse apartments of 1200m2 with private roof gardens.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "The Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers / MVRDV" 12 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • johan lindfors

    This design in soooooo 2001, around september, to be precise…

  • JH

    World Trade Center….

  • Eric de Broche

    And here we go again…

  • Shadi Ossaili

    looks like someone who’s trying to swallow some food

  • Michael Klammer

    cloud or cancer …

  • Grolla

    september 11th?

    • december 12th…

    • jeb

      thank you for saying this, so i didn’t have to.

      it’s a moving tribute.

  • drew

    no matter what kind of critics this building gets, it is just a worthless design, really typical for mvrdv

  • Julius

    I like it.
    It’s an ambiguous image that makes you think.
    Not everything that gives off a “negative” association at first is negative after all.
    But there’s a functional justification too. Connected towers make sense in terms of structure, function, circulation. Terraces are nice.

  • jc

    another example that some designs should be left on the trace paper in the trash can… no restraint.

  • @ChanArchi

    - Myself I actually quite like it (and this doesn’t mean i fall into a particular branch of architect). When considering the context – China has become the testing ground for these type of ideas. Unless you have actually been / worked there the scale of the problems surrounding rising urban populations and a requirment for density are unfathomable. (far exceeding anything ever experienced to date in the west).

    This is clearly an early / feasibility concept and viewing it – it has potential. I personally wish design proposals would stop including things that wouldn’t work just to beautify the renders(such as trees on the 60th floors!) but the concept of linking the towers mid-way and the provision of a unique but simplistic outline for the skyline, whilst doubling it with a visual complexity are nice. Also a fan of the breaking up of the towers solidity / horizontal language with the ‘tetris’ glazing blocks. I hope further work is done on it.

    • @ChanArchi

      Sorry – i’ve been reading too much this afternoon. China should read Asia!

  • ariana roberts

    not a bad idea…horrible execution

    i’ve seen this design elsewhere in the news, and i agree that it seems hauntingly familiar. but i seriously doubt mvrdv meant any harm.

    looks aside, this just needs to be re-thought.

  • jp

    shall not be built.

  • brb001

    Anybody that actually thinks The Cloud resembles Yamasaki’s WTC twin towers has obviously never been there. Anybody spending more that half of a second should be able to recognize that they are not the same.

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  • Archreviewer

    The link between the building may not be as remote as you might think!

    This story: is a project currently being run by the Why? Factory in Delft University, which is led by MVRDV’s Winy Maas.

    The lego project is an investigation into tower design. The starting point of the project is the twin towers as these represented an optimised skyscraper design. The different results investigate different possible interpretations of the towers.

    Shame it’s getting such bad press though…that cloud render didn’t help things much and the project should have been taken a bit further to avoid any misinterpretation. So much money at stake with these projects…

  • John Nickles

    Studio Libeskind, Schwartz, FAIL!

  • Scott Smith

    I get that it looks like 9/11 and the controversy there. Strictly in terms of design though this stacked boxes strategy is just SO freaking tired, is this really all we as architects can think of now? Uhh, what should we do? I don’t know, just stack some boxes. It seems like every week on this website there is a project that looks exactly like this.

  • toba

    I dont care why some many denials upon this project. For me mvrdv are an upgrade of koolhaas work, They dont spend some much blablabla in justification of boredome. Like allways, the debate is positive, all the critics are merely obsolete but at the same time interesting, since the open a debate od infinte posibilites. The proyect is good and unexpected. For sure its not a masterpiece, but it is damn good. I enjoy this type of work. Can u imagine how hard it must be to create architecture that is no a mirror to previous project, but still hold a line of conduct of the studio. The prject is good, leave nonsense critics away and learn to have a positivist and pragmatic vision of architecture.

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