Yongsan Apartment Design 'Conjures Images of 9/11'

      December 12, 2011 11:57

      A plan for a new pair of luxury residential towers by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV for the Yongsan international business district has drawn media criticism for recalling the World Trade Center seconds after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

      The Daily Mail said Friday that the design is "unbelievably reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks on New York's World Trade Centre." The British mass-market newspaper said the residential towers, one 60 stories (300 m) high and the other 54 stories (260 m), are connected by a "pixelated cloud" reminiscent of the explosion caused when the passenger planes hit the Twin Towers.

      An artist's impression of MVRDV's the Cloud buildings (left); New York's Twin Towers in flame after the terrorist attack

      New York's Daily News on Saturday wrote, "The 'pixelated clouds' evoked the clouds of debris that erupted from the iconic World Trade Center towers after terrorists flew planes into them." MVRDV on its website said it "regrets deeply any connotations The Cloud project evokes regarding 9/11. 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."

      MVRDV on its Facebook page reported receiving threatening e-mails and phone calls accusing it of being followers of Osama bin Laden. An official at the Yongsan international business district development project said, "This is pure speculation being raised by some people and we have no plans to change the design."

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