I was rather shocked by the new building proposal by MVRDV to be built in Seoul, Korea.
They are a well known architecture firm from the Netherlands and I usually like their work because they do some fun buildings… I think there a tower rendering with a pig in the middle…supposedly there’s a farm in the middle of the building.
So MVRDV claims that the cluster in the middle is a “cloud”.. hmm but it seems too coincidental.
Maybe if they were actually from NYC they would have understood the resemblance. If they had seen, like I’ve seen this very wall standing burnt to the ground. The very same wall I had stood behind as a kid. Or if they’d smelled the smell of burning corpses, metal, rubber, and paper. If they could see the store displays barely a thing out of place but dressed in gray ashes of the dead. Then maybe they would understand why so many people were upset by this proposal.
I do acknowledge that the architects apologized for the similarity, but they are not planning on editing the design. Maybe they knew it would be controversial (both offensive and optimistic as an attempt to use the cloud as recreation center) but I don’t think they expected some many people to be that offended and maybe they didn’t really understand the politics and emotions this stirs up.