‘The Cloud’ Mimics World Trade Buildings
Two apartment towers created by a Dutch architecture firm have many stunned thanks to their unmistakable resemblance to the Twin Towers just after the planes hit on Sep. 11.
“The design inspiration of The Cloud is visualized in the first image on our website, a cloud covering the center of the Sky scraper,” states the MVRDV website. But some say that The Cloud, which will feature a large connecting atrium, a wellness center, various pools, restaurants and cafes, looks far too similar to the explosion at the World Trade Center on 9/11 after two planes flew directly into the twin towers.
“A real media storm has started and we receive threatening emails and calls of angry people calling us al Qaeda lovers or worse,” the company posted on its Facebook page.
Hundreds of outraged commenters took to the company’s Facebook page, such as Lance Henley, who wrote, “It looks like the WTC exploding on impact, how could anyone be such a moron…if it goes up it’ll come down just as fast.”
But others suggested the comparison was far-fetched.
“Everyone should remember that the World doesn’t revolve around the US or 9/11. They have their own things going on to think about and worry about to honestly remember what the buildings looked like coming down and all that. Stop acting like the world revolves around the US,” wrote Ricky Arellano.”
The architecture firm has since apologized for the uncanny resemblance, but has not made any plans to change their appearance.
“MVRDV regrets deeply any connotations The Cloud project evokes regarding 9/11,” it wrote on its website. “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.”
Ironically, the buildings will mark the entrance to the Yongsan Dreamhub project, which was created by the same man who designed the rebuilt World Trade Center — Daniel Libeskind
The luxury apartment towers are to go up in Seoul, South Korea by 2015. One is 850 feet tall and the other is 970 feet in height.