Engineering The Highly Improbable

Cecil Balmond’s name probably doesn’t ring a bell, even amongst architecture buffs. But Balmond’s career has been spent in the service of the world’s great architects, finding ways to translate the most unlikely designs into real-world buildings that won’t collapse under their own creativity. “As architects push the limits of their formal language, Mr. Balmond’s engineering genius has been crucial to the emergence of a new aesthetic of shifting asymmetrical structures that mock conventional notions of stability. Beyond making their projects buildable, his solutions spur such architects to explore forms they might not have considered before.”