Twin, residential high-rises connected in the middle by what Dutch design firm MVRDV unveiled as a “pixelated cloud” calls to mind what many are saying is a “macabre” tableaux depicting the moment planes exploded through the Twin Towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
Seoul, South Korea-based Yongsan Dream Hub Corp., commission the design and plans to build the luxury residential high-rises in Yongsan business district.
The jagged Lego-like chunks of building connecting the high-rises in the rendering conjure up images of, without much use of imagination, the concrete, glass, and pieces of destruction that amateur videographers capture on 9/11.
MVRDV denies claims the muse behind their design was inspired by a 9/11 news screenshot, however, comments from various architecture-related sites show at least some consent that the grim association should not have been missed.
Spokeswoman for the design firm Isabel Pagel issued this statement to Co.Design: “We are highly surprised by the reactions this design has caused as there was no intention to create a resemblance to 9/11 or hurt anybody’s feelings.”