But the planners are not budging, according to AFP:
A South Korean developer said on Monday it would not alter the design of a twin-tower project despite complaints in the United States that it mimics the explosions at New York’s World Trade Center in 2001.You go, girl. (The Wall Street Journal, however, is reporting that they're saying nothing is written in stone.)
The towers, one with 54 floors and the other with 60, are designed by Dutch architects MVRDV and will be built at the entrance to Seoul’s redeveloped Yongsan business district by 2016.
The towers will be connected midway up by a cloud-shaped bridging section that will house amenities including sky lounges, a swimming pool and restaurants.
But families of victims of the 9/11 attacks see a marked resemblance between the project known as
The Cloud and the clouds of debris that billowed from the World Trade Center after hijacked airliners ploughed into the towers.
“Allegations that it (the design) was inspired by the 9/11 attacks are groundless,” said White Paik, spokesman for the Yongsan Development Corp.
“There will be no revision or change in our project,” he told AFP, adding that construction would begin in January 2013 as scheduled.
And while we're at it, I want to point out the interesting name White Paik, given that paek/paik means white, and that that person is defending a building called cloud.