Sanghyo Kim - Casual Monument
Sanghyo Kim’s vision for Casual Monument was for the building to be representative of Chicago as a recreation center, containing a diversity of landscape like the Cloud Gate in Chicago. This building has a spiraling curve shape with three main divisions - indoor/outdoor banquet space, cultural gallery/library, and fitness/recreational space - and all the functions are arranged around a circular corridor. He explains that the building is not only a container of functions but a way to get fantastic views, a place that people would want to hang out with their family, friends, and loved ones.
Sanghyo Kim studied architecture at MyongJi University in Seoul, South Korea and served as a civil engineer for three years for the South Korean Army before moving to the United States where he will earn his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in July of 2019. While in school, he interned at Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago. Upon graduation, Sanghyo looks to join a company that specializes in architectural technology in hopes to participate in the development of the use of new materials and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies such as 3D printing. He dreams of becoming a public architect who proposes and builds robust domiciles using 3D printing for people who are without housing in hopes of helping the world move towards an environmentally sustainable and more balanced global society.