This project has been widely discussed, very interesting concept not doubt about it, but with a lot of controversy involved. The Cloud, Seoul, 2011. MVRDV is the lead architect.
A 260 meter tall tower and a 300 meter tall tower are connected in the center by a pixelated cloud indulging in the adjacent functionality and prettiness that this wise project has to offer, amenities and outside spaces with extraordinary views are essential part of it. The towers with a total surface of 128,000m2 are expected to be completed in 2015.
Usually a high-rise adds little to the immediate surrounding city life, but MVRDV were able to surpass this quote by integrating public program to the cloud, this typology adds more social way to the city. Inside the cloud, besides the residential function, amenities are in place, a sky lounge - a large connecting atrium, a wellness center, conference center, fitness studio, various pools, restaurants and cafes. On top of the cloud are a series of public and private outside spaces, patios, decks, gardens and pools.
About the controversy:
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.
The design inspiration of The Cloud is visualized in the first image, a cloud covering the center of the Sky scraper.