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 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=197540>
  • Roberto

    Who cares if this looks like 9-11. I like the skyline… So do they.

  • Adam Waltering

    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.

  • common_cents

    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.

  • brg

    The belief MVRDV couldn’t possibly have intended a 911 reference is nonsense. We’re talking about a firm which designed skyscrapers of pigsties. Another recent design has a massive alphabet, a to z, cut into the facade. This has always been a firm of one-liners and rim-shots, often with a sardonic smart–aleck edge. Personally, I can’t say what their intention was, but to claim it’s impossible MVRDV sought this controversy is to ignore their body of work. And if they did? It would simply be ethically and aesthetically repugnant. This has nothing to do with American egotism, self-obsession, narcissism, hang-ups, etc, etc. It’s an easy experiment to transpose the same kind of shallow imagery to another culture’s tragedy and test the effect.

    • jeb

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

      • brg

        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.

  • sofia

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

  • Helio Mabecuane

    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.

  • cloud9-11

    I disagree with all of the above. The resemblance is so striking it’s impossible not to make the connection. Whether the inspiration was conscious or subconscious is moot. The design is culturally or at least politically insensitive and should be changed. Bridging the two towers with some kind of arch would improve international relations as well as structural integrity.
    Nobody’s designed buildings to resemble swastikas or bombed-out mosques, and nobody’s complained about the necessity to steer clear of such imagery. It’s a case of the emperor’s new clothes here, with nobody associated with the project having the balls to gainsay it, and now that it’s gathering momentum it’s become a face-saving issue, and it’s decreasingly likely anyone will point out the glaringly obvious connection- as if to deny it ad infinitum will undo its being true.

    • offended

      i find your username offensive

  • dutchboy

    why so serious ?

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