This is a recently unveiled design for a pair of residential towers in Seoul, Korea, named “The Cloud”. The “cloud” itself, a connecting bridge, will hold restaurants, fitness centers, lounges, etc., and the surfaces above it will include gardens, fish ponds and other outdoor spaces. From the comments left at the link, I can see I’m not the only one to think it bears an eery resemblance to the burning World Trade Center.
A visit to the architecture firm’s website confirms that. Information about the building has been prefaced with the following text:
MVRDV regrets deeply any connotations The Cloud projects evokes regarding 9/11.
The Cloud was designed based on parameters such as sunlight, outside spaces, living quality for inhabitants and the city. It is one of many projects in which MVRDV experiments with a raised city level to reinvent the often solitary typology of the skyscraper. It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt, it was not our intention.
Personally, I don’t think I could ever live that high up in a residential tower. I like to live with the assurance that I could walk up if and when the elevator’s out of service.
h/t to Obscene Desserts