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Architects apologise for 9/11 'look-alike'

2011-12-12 12:39

Seoul - A Dutch architectural firm has apologised for its design of twin skyscrapers in central Seoul which resemble the exploding World Trade Centre towers in New York and have infuriated families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

The blueprint for the luxury apartment buildings was released last week and shows a structure which juts out at the middle to accommodate pools, restaurants, cafés and a gym.

Relatives of victims of al-Qaeda's September 11 2001, attacks on the US have expressed outrage, according to US media reports, saying the designers have no respect for those that died and branding the design a cheap publicity stunt.

Designer MVRDV said it had not intended to create an image resembling the attacks, and it did not see the resemblance during the design process.

"We sincerely apologise to anyone whose feelings we have hurt. It was not our intention," the company said on its website.

It did not indicate whether it would change the design.

"A real media storm has started and we receive threatening e-mails and calls of angry people calling us al-Qaeda lovers or worse," it said on its Facebook page.

The district developer is expected to decide on the final design plans by March.

Comments
  • Pulverturm - 2011-12-12 13:39

    People are waaaaaaaay too sensitive!

  • Nitesh - 2011-12-12 13:39

    stuff the yankees.....everything revovles around them, come to SA and u'll see what death is about....

  • kirk.bygate - 2011-12-12 13:43

    America must get over there Bull S@#t, Who cares if they resembles some yankee buildings.

  • Donald - 2011-12-12 13:46

    I had a look at the design here http://www.bangstyle.com/2011/12/seoul-less-architecture-resembles-twin-towers-on-911/ and if I wasnt told this, I wouldnt have even related it to 911. It indeed does look like a pixelated cloud engulfing the towers. Great job!

      Trevor - 2011-12-12 16:57

      Well, put like that, I guess it does look like clouds. Never thought of it that way. Weird how an idea can be distorted. It is a bit on the edgy side though. I was kinda thinking that it might be borderline insensitive.

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