MVRDV The Cloud
December 11, 2011 by staff
MVRDV The Cloud, There’s a bit of controversy going around about Dutch architect MVRDV’s design for a residential environment in South Korea. Some people are concerned about the resemblance of MVRDV’s “Cloud” to a twin towers explosion.
There’s a bit of controversy going around about Dutch architect MVRDV’s design for a residential environment in South Korea. Some people are concerned about the resemblance of MVRDV’s “Cloud” to a twin towers explosion.
Yes, it is a 9-11 lookalike but it’s not meant to be – it’s a cloud – and an ingenious reinvention of the skyscraper using glass and sky and light and sun.
The Cloud building comprises two luxury high-rise residential towers – one 54 floors and 260 meters, the other 60 floors and 300 meters – and halfway up, there’s a cloud of architecture ten floors deep, spanning both buildings and beyond.
The space is so large that it can take the shopping, services and space that is normally underneath a residential complex (services, shared areas, etc) and relocate it in a more convenient form, closer to its users.
This makes space at ground floor level for public gardens. Instead of a concrete obstacle in the center of the community, there’s a park, thereby creating a radically different ambiance for the building’s immediate surroundings for all.
Inside the cloud’s 14,357square meter volume, there’s a huge connecting atrium, which is bathed in light at different times of the day by the use of angled and carefully positioned – a kaleidoscope very attuned to nature and envisaged to be still and calming.
The cloud contains all the services you’d normally expect at ground level plus lifestyle services in keeping with the nature of the building, such as a wellness centre, conference center, fitness studio, various pools, restaurants and cafes.
In addition to the retail and top of the cloud are a series of public and private outside spaces, patios, decks, gardens and pools. Underneath, glass floors can be used for other purposes.
The outer surfaces of the cloud are going to the most expensive parts as they will have some of the most spectacular views – large common areas, cafes and restaurants and 9,000 square meters of Office-Hotel are planned.
Similarly, some of the more luxurious 260 square meter apartments imaginable will be thereabouts too. Normally, the amount of square footage available on top of a skyscraper is limited. The cloud design multiplies the amount of rooftop real estate by several orders of magnitude, creating very high priced real estate.
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