Update: Developer moves forward with The Cloud / MVRDV

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Despite the controversy, the South Korean developer plans to move forward with MVRDV‘s design of The Cloud. The Dutch firm has received harsh criticism after releasing their design for the two residential towers that will be built in ’s redeveloped Yongsan business district. Unconvinced by ’s sincere apologies, critics remain outraged, claiming the design resembles the collapsing World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

White Paik, spokesman for the Yongsan Development Corporation, states, “Allegations that it [the design] was inspired by the 9/11 attacks are groundless.” Further stating that there will be no changes to the project. Construction will begin in January 2013 and The Cloud is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Connected by a cloud-shaped section halfway up the buildings, the additional program will include sky lounges, restaurants and a swimming pool. View more information on the design here on ArchDaily.

Reference: The Sydney Morning Herald

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Update: Developer moves forward with The Cloud / MVRDV" 05 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=197540>


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    I say good for them. It’s not in America and it doesn’t represent what a few sensitive people think it does. Now, whether it should be built because it’s a good design or not is another topic.

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    yup get on with it.”oh i’ve got a great idea,why not design a building that looks like the trade centre towers when they were exploding on 9/11″(insert sarcasm)….thats exactly what they were thinking when they were designing it.people should get over themselves.With all due respect to the people who were in one shape or another,affected by the attacks…the world must move on.

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      rubbish. it was intended to look like towers through a cloud. get over it.

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        But I have nothing to “get over”. In fact, Jeb, I’m willing to bet I’m less excitable over this controversy than you are. What I find most objectable is not the design itself – which is trite, 911 or not – but the reaction to it. Right-wingers rejoice at finding pointy-headed European types smirking over 911. Left-wingers rejoice at finding an example of American parochialism, boorishness, and self-obsessed victimhood. Both sides bask in their disdain while pounding this square peg into their stale (round) Culture War holes.

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    Good news!
    thanks to the developer that did not get intimidated by “bad” publicity we’ll get to see a great building.

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    Unless the US government a prepared to pay all the project costs and compensate the developer and the architect that will be fare and justified. Otherwise forget the project as to go forward.

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      i find your username offensive

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