Skip to comments.Seoul project design criticized for evoking Twin Towers disaster
Posted on 12/12/2011 8:03:47 PM PST by Beowulf9
REPORTING FROM SEOUL - Even at first glance, the design renderings for the soon-to-be-built pair of apartment towers here pack a wallop: They evoke New Yorks World Trade Center towers in mid-explosion in the terrifying moments after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
But wait. The Dutch designers say the images have nothing to do with debris flying off two towers that have just been rammed by a pair of commercial airliners. Its more like a dreamy cloud formation inspired by a gaze up at the sky.
Netizens arent buying the explanation. In recent days, an international frenzy of criticism against the project, dubbed "The Cloud," has caught fire on the Internet.
" 'AAAAAGH! YOU HAVE ERECTED A TERRIFYING MONUMENT TO THE NIGHTMARES OF 9/11!!!' was probably not the reaction that [the Seoul client] had in mind when they unveiled their plans today for an ambitious new construction project," The Gawker website noted.
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The towers are part of a bigger project, called the Yongsan Dream Hub, whose designer is Daniel Libeskind -- the master plan architect for reconstruction at New York's Ground Zero.
Anyone who looks at that monstrosity and sees “a dreamy cloud formation inspired by a gaze up at the sky” needs to lighten up on the recreational drugs a little bit.
This architect is involved with rebuilding the World Trade Center and he claims the comparison to 9/11 never crossed his mind? Really? Seriously?
How stupid does he think we are?
SKorea really should reconsider which architects it hires. Clearly this architect is lacking in tact.
They think they’ll never get invaded?
Then let them really RELY on that belief.
Easy for them to take security matters so lightly when their is GUARANTEED for them (while we’re going BANKRUPT)....
Why aren’t they using a US Citizen to reconstruct Ground Zero?
What is wrong with a US architect? Calling Ayn Rand...
This is an apartment complex in Seoul, Korea.
Cool design, what’s the big deal?
What an enticement for North Korea or another group of raghead highjackers to take them down! For an architectural firm to even SUGGEST such a design demonstrates stupidity or arrogance gone to seed!
This doesn’t remind me of the Twin Towers... ok, maybe in a small way. It certainly doesn’t offend me other than just being ugly. I think we need to take a collective breath here and realize that it isn’t the intent of the architect to evoke a comparison to 9-11 WTC. That interpretation is only in the eyes of the observer. I don’t see this as an attempt to offend 9-11 survivors and the families of the fallen. That’s not the aim of this project. I think that all the hub-bub is much ado about nothing.