9/11 next of kin angry at Dutch architects

12th December 2011, Comments 4 comments

Relatives of victims of the 9/11 attacks are furious at Rotterdam architects firm MVRDV.

The company last week published its design for two high-rise apartment buildings to be built in the South Korean capital Seoul. The two towers are connected in the middle by a structure resembling a cloud.

The 9/11 next of kin argue that the two apartment towers resemble the exploding twin towers in New York City and say they regard the design as disrespectful and a cheap publicity stunt.

NMRDV has published an apology on its website. “We did not mean to offend anyone. We just wanted to reinvent the solitude which typifies a sky-scraper.”

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3 Comments To This Article

  • New Yorker posted:

    on 12th December 2011, 13:24:42 - Reply

    I have seen the design for the towers, and was at the World Trade Center when it was destroyed. If the disaster hadn't occurred, I would have found this an interesting enough architectural conceit. However, in the context of the bombing, it is in appallingly poor taste, smacking strongly of publicity-lust. "...reinvent the solitude which typifies a sky-scraper" my foot!
  • John Doe posted:

    on 12th December 2011, 13:03:07 - Reply

    It is indeed quite inappropriate: http://www.mvrdv.nl/#/news/thecloud

  • History Tech Doc posted:

    on 12th December 2011, 12:29:07 - Reply

    One normally would have to see the design of these new towers before passing judgment. However, since NMRDV has already issued an apology, there must be something to their complaint. Otherwise, I would have thought it a bit of a stretch of their imagination.