Architecture Firm Says They Didn’t Mean To Create Towers That Look Like WTC On 9/11

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The design for two new highrises in South Korea has sparked controversy and outrage here at home because it resembles the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

The buildings, designed by the Netherlands-based architecture firm MVRDV, are connected in the middle by what they call “a pixelated cloud” that many believe look like the Twin Towers exploding when the two planes hit on 9/11.

“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,” MVRDV said on its website.

According to firm’s Facebook page, they’ve received “threatening emails and calls of angry people calling us Al Qaeda lovers or worse.”

MVRDV says the highrises were designed this way “based on parameters such as sunlight, outside spaces, living quality for inhabitants and the city.”

They say it wasn’t their intention to create buildings resembling the attacks and insist they didn’t see the resemblance during the design process.

Nevertheless, there was no indication on their website or Facebook page that the firm would be redesigning the luxury buildings.

What do you think? Do you think the design looks like the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • confusion

    I think I’m more affronted by the idea that anyone expects them to redesign the building over some hurt feelings than I would be by the design

  • Lucas Gray

    It reminds me more of the linked hybrid by Steven Holl than anything connected to the world trade center.

  • melvo_mp

    People need to move on and stop throwing stones over the world-trade disaster.

  • Bartholomew Harte

    The Twin Towers were Sleek while these look weird.If the folks that are involved in it’s design are happy,good for them!-I’ve been to the top of the WTC
    and will always remember the exitement at looking as far as my eyes could see.

  • Archana Chaudhary

    It is a very nice and innovative design. not at all related to twin towers.

  • lee

    I think the design is very creative and exciting. It does not resemble 9/11 buildings!

  • Alastair Dallas

    I agree with Josh and Mona–it’s a clever design, and the terrorists have won if we see everything through a 9/11 prism. As an architect, I would love to live in “cloud” (not so much just under it), and as an American, I’m unconcerned by any resemblance.

  • Josh

    Their design is perfectly fine. It’s what the developer selected. While there is some coincidence to the images from 9/11, that is obviously not the intent here, nor do the developers or architects need our American approval. There is a world beyond our borders folks and if this is what they want to build there, then so be it. It is their choice. That’s what freedom and open markets are all about.

  • Mike

    It is repugnant! I can’t get over the sheer uglyness of the design! Couldn’t they come up with Anything better than the mish mash of little boxes? There has to be at least one archatect in that firm with a head on his shoulders, not just an empty box!

  • susan

    it appears to be a more “space saving” design than a copy ot the world trade center..i personally dont like it, but not because its a disrespect to the wtc, but because its not aesthetcally appealing..people who would threaten “death and destruction” to an architectural firm for merely designing a building, are a little mentally unstable at best..get a life and accept the intent of the architect..


    Who is the structural engineer? very nice design

  • Jean-Paul Cushing

    It is very innovative design and so much better than the staid glass box. It will only resemble the Twin Towers if they fall down. I might get a little more worked up if this were commissioned for an Islamic country, but its not, so lighten up people! It is a beautiful building.

  • Mona

    People of the world should move on with their lives and not be obsessed with the negative aura that Al Quaeda has left us with. This is exactly what Al Quaeda wanted…they wanted to cripple us with so much fear that we will be haunted for many generations to come, and they have succeeded. We see an innovatively designed residential tower and think “terrorism”. I can only wonder about what a wonderfully fun place this must be live in. To critics who say “change the design”…GET OVER IT!

  • Kres

    When they claim the design is “based on parameters such as sunlight”, and you can clearly see that floors under the impact area are heavily shaded, it’s very difficult to believe that was their intent.

  • Cece

    . . . .meant DESIGN

  • Cece

    Go back to the drawing board. I think they should change their cesign.

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