Robert Scymanski talks to Changsub about the design of a supertall
Robert Scymanski talks to Changsub about the design of a supertall
Changsub closely examining a rendering of Hudson Yards
Changsub closely examining a rendering of Hudson Yards
Jamie explains a Tuned Mass Damper to Changsub, an idea for his latest design
Jamie explains a Tuned Mass Damper to Changsub, an idea for his latest design
Changsub admiring some Hudson Yards collateral
Changsub admiring some Hudson Yards collateral
Lots of interesting artifacts in the KPF New York office
Lots of interesting artifacts in the KPF New York office
A supertall for everyone!
A supertall for everyone!

9-Year-Old Supertall Enthusiast Lee Changsub Visits KPF in New York City

Growing up Seoul, Lee Changsub’s favorite activity is watching construction of the 123-floor Lotte Tower through binoculars from his balcony at home.  All of 9-years-old, Changsub has studied skyscrapers, memorizing all the tallest towers in the world and their architects. He has filled his head with facts and figures about how they are constructed, and sketches his own building designs complete with floor plans, elevations, and height calculations. 

This past April, KPF learned of Lee Changsub and his love of supertalls, and teamed up with Lotte to take Changsub on a tour of the skyscraper in his backyard – to the top of the topped-off Lotte Tower.  KPF President James von Klemperer and Director Terri Cho gave him the tour, and upon meeting Changsub decided he should come to New York City to visit the office and see the city’s tall towers.

Sponsored by Lotte and KPF, Changsub and his parents, both teachers in Seoul, came to New York on Friday to the KPF offices to meet with Jamie von Klemperer and get a glimpse at the inner workings of the design and construction of a supertall building.  On Monday, Changsub and his parents toured the recently completed 10 Hudson Yards and the construction of 30 Hudson Yards with KPF’s Senior Associate Principal Robert Scymanski.  The family will proceed to Chicago to see the Sears Tower before returning home to Seoul.