“Architect Jong-Soung Kimm’s Romanesque Architecture Photo Essay – Germany and Belgium”
-Wasmuth & Zohlen Verlag AG, Berlin 2019
Seoul-based architect Jong Soung Kimm's (ARCH ’61, M.S. ‘64, FAIA, FKIA) roots are in Korea, but his formative years were spent in Chicago --- as a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology and later in the office of Mies van der Rohe. From 1961 to 1972 --- Mies's final and most prolific years --- Kimm worked on iconic projects like the older architect's last commissions, the Toronto-Dominion Centre and the meticulously crafted Brown Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1978, Kimm returned to Seoul, opening his own architectural design consultancy, SAC International. For the past 40 years, Kimm's buildings --- such as the Weightlifting Gymnasium for the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the Woo Yang Museum of Contemporary Art in Kyongju --- have evinced both an admiration for Mies and a Korean sensibility.
In addition, Kimm’s passion extends to the Romanesque architecture of the European Middle Ages …. historical continuity …. fascinated by the architectural space …. since 2002 he visited and photographed outstanding Romanesque churches and monasteries. Kimm now presents a first survey …. the book provides insight into the conception of space and volume …. this lavishly illustrated book sheds light on the important examples of Romanesque building art in Germany and Belgium.