The 2009 Sliver Lecture series highlights architects and designers in search of the voluminous. Voluminous designs are characterized by a sophisticated use of fullness and volume to generate complex spatial atmospheres that challenge the flat, autonomous surface.
A recent desire for greater spatial effect and variation has lead architects and designers to synthesize massing, skin and structure while simultaneously amplifying the intricate distinctions between them. This exploration has produced an intriguing body of voluminous design notable for its use of volumetric depth on scales both subtle and grand. Undulation, bulging, folding, creasing and laminated, layered masses are only a few techniques deployed in recent designs.
This shift to the voluminous is clearly note-worthy; each lecturer in the series explores a unique region of techniques and design logic giving rise to voluminous environments or conditions.