1999 Owner’s Award

LG Kangnam Tower

When the LG Group, one of South Korea’s top three conglomerates, built their second corporate headquarters in the Kangnam district of Seoul, they nominated ILYA for the interior design of the special facilities. In 1998, owner LG Mart elected 10 design firms from Japan and the US, from which the jury chose ILYA based on their proposal and interview. Selected from a number of American and European architectural firms, SOM Chicago designed the 38 story highrise building and arts center (theatre). ILYA was responsible for the schematic design of the sky lounge, auditorium, event hall, and various restaurants; Min Associates of South Korea executed the detail design and documentation. Upon completion of the project in November 1999, LG Mart awarded ILYA the Owner’s Award for their role as one of the principal designers of LG Kangnam Tower.