2011: The Year In Strange Design Ideas

Outrage over Twin Tower Design from MVRDV

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The Dutch architecture firm MVRDV is always interesting and innovative, but they caused a storm of controversy with their proposal for a pair of towers in South Korea.

What they called a “pixelated cloud of additional program” in the middle reminded a lot of Americans of the collapsing twin towers in New York.

Right wing American websites asked “Why don’t they just build a mosque on the top too?” (Some Americans apparently don't like mosques).

The architects apologized, noting that they were thinking of clouds.

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, the design was not meant to provoke this.

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