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The first monograph in English on Korea’s most important architect, celebrating his strong regard for nature and sustainability and acute sensitivity to how people interact with buildings


Influenced by Korea’s rich aesthetic tradition, Byoung Cho utilizes understated forms to create serene buildings that yield powerful and subtle experiences.

Byoung Cho aims to make each of his buildings ‘so it looks like it’s not designed at all, it’s just there’. His work focuses on seemingly simple structures and has a strong regard for nature and sustainability. He has created many iconic buildings, art and cultural centres, schools, health facilities and residences throughout Korea, Japan and the United States.

This book features over 25 of Cho’s most highly acclaimed projects, including Twin Trees (2010), his instantly iconic towers located adjacent to the 14th-century royal Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul. The projects are accompanied throughout by sketches and plans, providing a comprehensive insight into the making of these buildings.

Byoung Cho offers an engaging and indepth overview of one of the most creative and deeply thoughtful designers working today. It will inspire architects, architectural students and anyone interested in sustainability and the built environment.

The recipient of Korea’s major architectural awards, Byoung Cho has been a visiting lecturer at the universities of Harvard and Columbia as well as an associate professor of architecture at Montana State University.

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'A crisply designed publication complementing perfectly the sober elegance of Cho’s practice. A hugely refreshing antidote to the hollow excess that typifies the current glut of starchitects'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 29.2 x 22.9 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 610

Publication date: 27 January 2014

ISBN: 9780500342916

About the Author

Soon Chun Cho is a freelance curator and artist based in New York and Seoul. Her previous books include The Color of Nature: Monochrome Art in Korea and Empty the Mind: The Art of Park Seo-Bo.

List of Contributors

Chul R. Kim, Mark Rakatansky