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Apology: MVRDV regrets 9/11 lookalike towers

MVRDV has apologised over its The Cloud project in Seoul, Korea which has been criticised for looking like New York’s 9/11 Twin Towers tragedy

The Rotterdam-based Dutch practice came under fire after revealing the first images of the 300 metre-tall residential scheme last week, receiving a torrent of email and phone calls in complaint.

A statement posted on the company’s facebook page admitted it had ‘regrets’ over connotations evoked by the scheme, confirming it was not their ‘intention’.

The statement explained: ‘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 [9/11] attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologise to anyone whose feelings we have hurt, the design was not meant to provoke this.’

The project for developer Dream Corporation features a 260 metre and a 300 metre-tall tower linked by a 14,000m² ‘pixelated’ sky bridge.

The scheme is part of the Daniel Libeskind’s Yongsan Dreamhub masterplan which features a Martha Schwartz-designed public realm.

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