Byoung Cho

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in Profiles in Creativity

Agricultural buildings aren't really designed, someone just made them. I try to design like that—so it looks like it's not designed at all, it's just there."

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  Cho spends much of the year in Bozeman teaching at Montana State. The vernacular architecture, like the grain-storage facility shown here, provides much inspiration for his work.
    Cho spends much of the year in Bozeman teaching at Montana State. The vernacular architecture, like the grain-storage facility shown here, provides much inspiration for his work.
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  Cho designed the Camerata Music Space and Gallery for the Heyri Art Valley in 2004. Essentially a concrete box, the space contains a hanging structure of horizontally stacked wood, which is directly inspired from a technique used (albeit vertically) in Montanan grain silos.
    Cho designed the Camerata Music Space and Gallery for the Heyri Art Valley in 2004. Essentially a concrete box, the space contains a hanging structure of horizontally stacked wood, which is directly inspired from a technique used (albeit vertically) in Montanan grain silos.
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  The slatted yellow pine form allows for superior acoustics.
    The slatted yellow pine form allows for superior acoustics.
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  The exterior of the Camerata Music Space and Gallery.
    The exterior of the Camerata Music Space and Gallery.
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  This 100-year-old barn on the outskirts of Bozeman is one of Cho’s favorite buildings in the area (he cites the interesting lighting created by holes and gaps in the wood siding).
    This 100-year-old barn on the outskirts of Bozeman is one of Cho’s favorite buildings in the area (he cites the interesting lighting created by holes and gaps in the wood siding).
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  The architect is wary of plans for a housing development to be built on the site where the barn now stands, but remains hopeful that it will not be entirely torn down.
    The architect is wary of plans for a housing development to be built on the site where the barn now stands, but remains hopeful that it will not be entirely torn down.
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  Cho’s recently completed vacation retreat, the Concrete Box House, was inspired by the use of raw materials. Cho decided on grape vines as an unusual landscape element.
    Cho’s recently completed vacation retreat, the Concrete Box House, was inspired by the use of raw materials. Cho decided on grape vines as an unusual landscape element.
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  The Village of Dancing Fish  is a live/work facility for mentally challenged adults. The clusters of buildings under a large roof were intended to create a vision of family.
    The Village of Dancing Fish is a live/work facility for mentally challenged adults. The clusters of buildings under a large roof were intended to create a vision of family.
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  “I see great tradition here,” says Cho, admiring old farm buildings like the house shown here. Development and sprawl are a looming threat, even in relatively small Bozeman.
    “I see great tradition here,” says Cho, admiring old farm buildings like the house shown here. Development and sprawl are a looming threat, even in relatively small Bozeman.
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  Cho’s sketchbook is rarely out of arm’s reach. He draws and sketches constantly, often working in downtown Bozeman’s coffee shops and wine bar.
    Cho’s sketchbook is rarely out of arm’s reach. He draws and sketches constantly, often working in downtown Bozeman’s coffee shops and wine bar.
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