South Korea is known for its innovations in technology. Seoul architect Byoung-soo Cho applies South Korea's technological innovation to architecture by experimenting with straight lines, negative space and uniting contrasting materials. Here we spotlight the Earth House, the Four Box House as well as the Concrete Box, all private residences of the minimalist architect.
In the midst of a bustling metropolis, situated mountain-side in the Pyeongchandong district, Cho designed his dream home which he calls the Four Box House. The house combines four disjointed cubed spaces around a tranquil courtyard which acts as a hideaway from the city. Photo by Jeremy Murch.
Cho, pictured here alongside his wife Eunsil Kim, designed the facade with recycled Indonesian teak and concrete. Photo by Jeremy Murch.
The interior design features a few pieces created by Cho himself including the coffee table located in the first-floor living room. Photo by Jeremy Murch.
Inside, the wooden and concrete stairs contrast with the glass wall that looks out to the courtyard. Combining contrasting materials is one of the architect's defining features. Photo by Jeremy Murch.
Cho's vacation home called the Concrete Box features low-ceilings, a facade of raw materials and a garden of grape vines. Photo by Julian Broad.
On the same property, Cho built an underground weekend retreat called the Earth House. Cho dedicates the home to famous Korean poet Dong-joo Yoon. Photo by Wooseop Hwang.
The Earth House is described by Cho as a practice in Taoist ideas about negative and positive space. The home was inspired by his graduate thesis at Harvard. Photo by Wooseop Hwang.
The house is accessed through a set of underground stairs. Photo by Wooseop Hwang.