Gallery: The Cloud: MVRDV’s Twin Towers Look Eerily Similar to The Worl...

Natural daylighting and cross ventilation play an important role in all of the apartments.

Located at the entrance of the Yongsan Dreamhub, designed by Daniel Liebskind, the Cloud will be a unique high rise in the new business district. The residential complex is formed out of two skyscrapers – one 260 meters tall tower and the other – 300 meters tall. Starting at the 27th floor is a 10-story tall pixelated cluster that serves as the “cloud”. This area provides space for an atrium, a wellness centre, a conference centre, a fitness studio, various pools, restaurants and cafes.

On top of the cluster is series of public and private outside spaces, patios, decks, gardens and pools. Special express elevators allow fast and direct access to the cloud. Most towers feature a plinth located on the bottom floor, where most of the residential amenities are housed, but this tower moves those more private amenities to the middle. This frees up the ground floor for public space and gardens designed by Martha Schwartz. The Cloud offers luxury apartments ranging in size from 80m2 to 260m2 with penthouses occupying the floors above the cluster and townhouses on the floors below. Natural daylighting and cross ventilation play an important role in all of the apartments. Construction of the towers is expected to be completed by 2015.

Regarding the Cloud’s resemblance to the Twin Towers, MVRDV has issued a public apology and has expressed that they in no way meant for the design to look like the former WTC.



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  1. jjgalt7819 August 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    This building is in Seoul, and surprise, surprise, not every country considers the U.S. the center of the universe. Koreans don’t think about 9/11 when they see pictures of this building; Koreans don’t think about 9/11 at all. Why should the architects consider what Americans think about the design, when there will be almost no Americans living in it or looking at it?

  2. 71speeddemon4406 June 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I Want too live there it so much like them twin tower wtc nyc now you can live in the city of citys yes

  3. beaunz December 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I think that this building is beautiful. Yes your mind may say it looks like the twins but its not. I would like to see this built and even look to getting a place in there.

    I feel for the people of the tower tragedy but theres no reason to stop this beautiful piece of art from happening.

  4. loopedlife December 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Innovative, beautiful. No apology necessary.

  5. 11111111111 December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    It’s just a building, why should it matter if it might resemble 9/11, if anything it’s good for making sure no one ever forgets.

  6. diraf December 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    so what is the problem having a high rise imitate the 9/11? its need to be documented like this so that history remains for the future

  7. mikeylikesit December 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Anybody who’s getting their panties in a twist over these towers needs to remember 2 things: First, the architect almost definitely wasn’t thinking of the WTC and any perceived similarities are purely a figment of your imagination. Second, this is a Dutch architecture firm producing a design for a South Korean project, so how does this have ANYTHING to do with Americans?

  8. samcapasso December 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    There should be a poll option for “Yes they look like the Twin Towers, but why does it matter when most skyscrapers look like the Twin Towers?” The concept picture has several other buildings in the background that look like slight modifications of the basic rectangular prism made of glass. The architects here just added some fluff in the middle.

  9. xplor-r December 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I think its fantastic. Yes, it undeniably ‘looks like something else’, but cmon have you seen modern architecture lately? With all the odd shapes and structure over the last half-decade you could likely find your mom’s face or an angry cat hovering over some city somewhere. The basic thought here is great; clearly they are thinking of the towers being in the clouds, being utopian, finding a better way to brighten urban lives. It probably couldn’t work load wise all the way at the top; and too far down would defeat the purpose.

  10. artjen December 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

    The pixelated cloud is the actually the cross section of the architects brain

  11. steeljam December 11, 2011 at 5:52 am

    after to lawyers, architects are the scourge of the city

  12. poolehaus December 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Deeply disturbing design to my eyes. Squint just a bit and it looks very much like the smoldering twin towers after the planes’ impact.

  13. izzit December 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    is it just me… ?
    those towers remind me of someplace else.
    i don’t like them.

  14. RJN December 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Has nobody at MVRDV realized that this kind of looks like the WTC mid-explosion? What are they thinking?

  15. Barna December 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I find this design horribly disturbing. They should fire the POS that came up with this idea and revoke his right to practice as an architect.

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