Chicago, Graham Foundation

Due to its incredible success, Cecil Balmond’s exploratory structures within the new galleries of Madlener House – a turn of the 20th century prairie-style mansion – has been prolonged by four months. A trained civil engineer, not to mention deputy chairman of global engineering corporation ARUP and founder of the research-based practice Advanced Geometry Unit (AGU), Balmond has collaborated with world-leading architects, artists and intellectuals for more than two decades. His challenging structures defy traditional architectural principles; they are based on complex formulas derived from metaphysics, mathematics and music, resulting in some of the most innovative examples of contemporary architecture.

Solid Void demonstrates how Balmond disproves the architectural diktat that a building has to stand erect at its classical counterpoint to remain stable. A documentary storyboard of Balmond’s intellectual journey acts as a scientific autobiography, illustrated with models, animations and algebraic demonstrations, not to mention speculation on the nature and future of form. The decorative paneling and stonework of Madlener House offers a polar contrast to the visionary geometric form of the three-dimensional Solid Void.

September 26, 2008 through June 20, 2009
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610-1416
T. +1 312 787 4071