Exploring Tectonic Space: The Architecture of Jong Soung Kimm
? 2009: Fritz Neumeyer & In Ha Jung
South Korea’s most respected architect, Jong Soung Kimm, spent his formative years in Chicago, first as a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology and, after graduation, as an associate in the studio of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Our interest in Kimm’s work stems from his role as principal architect on the Toronto-Dominion Centre Banking Pavilion (commonly credited to Mies himself), the central lobby of the T-D Centre, and the Centre’s 54th floor Reception Hall. Unfortunately, this book, which had its genesis in an exhibition held in 2006 at the Architecture Forum Aedes in Berlin, focuses exclusively on projects created subsequent to Kimm’s return to Seoul in 1978. On the other hand, Kimm’s work over the past thirty years is stunning, from the Weightlifting Gymnasium for the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art in Kyongju to the Hotel Hilton International and the recently completed Headquarters of SK Corporation, both in Seoul. We would rather these works had been contextualized by the inclusion of material from Kimm’s time with Mies, but for those of us enamoured of Kimm’s Toronto work, at least now we know how the story ends. (2009: Stichting Kunstboek; ISBN 9783803006875)
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Jong Soung Kimm at Aedes, October 2006, courtesy Architecture Forum Aedes
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