MVRDV: the cloud
 
MVRDV: the cloud
dec 08, 2011

MVRDV: the cloud

‘the cloud’ by MVRDV, seoul, korea all images © MVRDV

unveiled today, the design for ‘the cloud’, a pair of residential highrises within the yongsan dreamhub masterplan in seoul, korea by rotterdam-based architecture practice MVRDV. reaching 260 and 300 meters, the towers are linked at the 27th floor with a volume spanning ten floors, evoking the image of a pixelated cloud. typically found at the base, the plinth has been raised to place the public green space designed by cambridge and london-based landscape architect martha schwartz at ground level. express elevators will lead directly into the connecting bridge containing a sky lounge, restaurants, cafes and conference center as well as wellness and fitness studios within the 14,000 square meter area. vegetated gardens, decks and pools will top the various shifting cubes.

MVRDV: the cloud aerial view

after a stroll through the gardens, dwellers enter through a lobby within each structure, surrounded by townhouses also placed on ground level. apartments range from 80 to 260 square meters with double story ceilings, patios and gardens. four corner units will open to panoramic views of the city within locations of a square building footprint, offering cross ventilation and a variety of daylight conditions while the 1200 square meter penthouses will have personal roof terraces. a 9,000 square meter officetel – office and hotel – program will be included. expected completion is in 2015.

MVRDV: the cloud ground level gardens designed by martha schwartz

MVRDV: the cloud gardens placed above the cloud

MVRDV: the cloud stairs connecting the different cubic volumes

MVRDV: the cloud atrium within the cloud

MVRDV: the cloud ground level lobby

MVRDV: the cloud residence interior

MVRDV: the cloud residence interior

MVRDV: the cloud at night

  • Agree, it is so much like Metropolis. It was my first impression. Though it is a superb structure, it certainly does seem to me to be the rich man’s attempt to distance, and certainly, disconnect themselves from the plebs on the streets.

    Shamin
  • So everyone gets excited about the New York City towers destroyed 9/11/01. Still…..Metropolis, anyone?

    steve
  • Beautiful! And can Americans please stop thinking they are the center of the world? This building isn’t even in America.

    Lena Louwerse
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