OK, it might look a little like 9/11, but The Cloud is pretty cool

The Cloud has been designed by MVRDV; it consists of two luxury residential towers in Seoul, South Korea with a spectacular layer of interconnections.

And the proposed buildings have generated considerable controversy over the last day because images of the design seem eerily similar to images of the smoke billowing from the World Trade Center twin towers.

Here’s how MVRDV is currently describing the project:

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.

Images from the company’s website:

Architizer has more on the project and controversy here. There’s a post and some inflammatory comments at Talkitect.

Sick! Mock WTC towers screeches the New York Post.