These luxury residential towers, set to be completed in Seoul in 2015, are supposed to be evocative of a pixelated cloud floating overhead. But to be honest, the only thing they remind me of is September 11. How did no one cry foul?
From higher angles, the 10-storey tall pixelated cloud structure that connects the two 300m+ towers certainly looks more whimsical, as I’m sure the architects at MVRDV intended it to be. But most people will be viewing it looking up from ground level. And I’m afraid from that angle it’s very reminiscent of the images and events that were seen around the entire world on September 11, 2001. So I’m not really sure how the eerie similarities weren’t spotted before this design was approved.
When it’s completed in Seoul’s Yongsan business district, The Cloud will feature luxury residential spaces, a conference centre, hotel, fitness facilities, restaurants, as well as public and private park space and gardens. All of which I’m sure will be lovely on the inside. But from where I’m sitting, it looks like a horrible memory. [MVRDV via designboom]