These residential towers were designed by MVRDV, a Dutch firm, for a business district in Seoul, Korea which expected to be completed in 2015. Unlike the plumes of fire and smoke associated with the bulging WTC buildings when they were attacked, these 10 floor protrusions form a “pixelated cloud” of patio-like spaces, creating an outdoor oasis, that is breathtaking, but in desperate need of some railings.
MVRDV must have received a lot of attention from the renderings, as they have put out a statement on their website apologizing to anyone who thinks their design mimics the 9/11 attacks, along with some background on the inspiration for The Cloud:
MVRDV regrets deeply any connotations The Cloud projects evokes regarding 9/11.
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 attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process. We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt, it was not our intention.