MVRDV's Cloud project an amazing innovative project and a surprising push for unity and community in skyscraper design. Although the tows may resemble the WTC Towers and the attacks on 9/11, MVRDV regrets deeply and connotations The Cloud project evoked 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.
Yongsan Dream Hub corporation presented on wednesday the MVRDV designed residential development of the Yongsan Business district: two connected luxury residential high-rises. A 260 meter (54 floor) tall tower and a 300 meter (60 floor) tall tower are connected in the center by a pixelated cloud of additional program offering amenities and outside spaces with wide views. The towers with a total surface of 128,000m2 are expected to be completed in 2015.
At the 27th floor the 10 floor tall cloud is positioned. The cloud differentiates the project from other luxury developments, it moves the plinth upwards and makes space on the ground floor level for public gardens, designed by Martha Schwartz. Inside the cloud, besides the residential function, 14,357m2 of amenities are located: the sky lounge- a large connecting atrium, a wellness center, conference center, fitness studio, various pools, restaurants and cafes. on top of the cloud there are a series of public and private outdoor spaces, patios, decks, gardens and pools. The Cloud furthermore contains 9,000m2 of Office-Hotel. The top floors of both towers re reserved for penthouse apartments of 1200m2 with private roof gardens.
The structural facade reveals the program behind i and its characteristic grid is extended over the surroundings where it creates gardens, pools and plazas. Parking is solved underground and the next metro station is five minutes walking distance.