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Dutch design triggers 9/11 attack memories
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Dutch towers design evokes 9/11 memory

Published on : 9 December 2011 - 3:21pm | By RNW News Desk (Photo: MVRDV)
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A design for twin tower apartment blocks made by Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV has triggered off a wave of heated reactions from the US, which claim the design is based on the New York Twin Towers just after the 9/11 attacks.

The apartment towers are to be built in the South Korean capital of Seoul and are due for completion in 2015. The two towers are connected in the middle by a “cloud” of irregular blocks, which many are now interpreting as an explosion. “Is this the new al-Qaeda headquarters?” wrote one US blogger.

The architects say they’re shocked by the negative reactions. “We didn’t make any association with the Twin Towers. Other external architects – including the designer of today’s Ground Zero – were present at the presentation. He didn’t make any comment about it either,” says Jan Knikker, spokesperson for MVRDV.

The bureau says the Korean company which commissioned the twin tower apartments needed additional facilities in the building. A number of options were presented to enhance the space. “We had another design with two elastic bands around the towers, but the one with the cloud was chosen,” says Knikker.

The architects are not sure whether the chosen design will now go ahead because of the public criticism. “I don’t know if Seoul will take the American criticism to heart,” said the spokesperson.

(jn/hs)

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Discussion

Anonymous 14 December 2011 - 5:29am / United States

I THINK THE IDEA OF THE GARDEN IS AMAZING, BUT STAGGER THE GARDENS IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE BUILDING, SO THAT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE TWIN TOWERS BEING HIT. JUST CHANGE THE DESIGN UP A LITTLE BIT... I LOVE THE IDEA, BUT NOT LIKE THIS...

humberto kuijpers 12 December 2011 - 8:38pm / mozambique

high gardens. HK

Anonymous 12 December 2011 - 1:15pm / Cuba

I don't see any bad or lack of respect to victims of 911,if it resemble the attack , it only will contribute to remember . However you have to have much imagination because it is clear it is a cloud.
What amaizing is how they control the ocilation of the towers without affect the apartaments that conform the cloud in the middle.

Anonymous 11 December 2011 - 3:09pm

It does remind of 9/11...and this design doesn't appeal otherwise too...

Samuel R. Ganczaruk 11 December 2011 - 9:17am / USA

I lived in New York during the time the first World Trade Centre was constructed. The towers were criticized as being very bad architecture. The proposal for Seoul is unique and has nothing to do with the attack on September 11th. Build it!!!

Gary 18 December 2011 - 1:04am / USA

Are you seriously that stupid Samuel? Anyone with half a brain can see the message here.

Anonymous 9 December 2011 - 4:31pm / netherlands

That is a REALLY BAD design !!!

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