International VELUX Award 2018

This competition wants to encourage and challenge students of architecture to explore the theme of daylight - and to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever-relevant source of energy, light and life.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Daylight
Country Denmark
RegDeadline 1 April 2018 GoogleCal iCal
15 June 2018 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Individuals or groups of students, who are students during the study year 2017/18

“Light of Tomorrow” is the overall theme of the International VELUX Award. The award seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment with an open-minded and experimental approach. Therefore, the award seeks to widen the boundaries of daylight in architecture, including aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction between buildings and environment.
1. Daylight in buildings
Projects that demonstrate applicable principles for providing daylight and sunlight into buildings – including the effects of building construction and context of the site, shape and dimensions, window openings, screens, shadings, interior divisions, materials and external conditions.
Specific focus on architecture for health and well-being and projects that address challenges faced by cities, communities and modern societies, and where daylight and architecture can help create change through better and healthier living environments.
2. Daylight investigations
Projects that look at the physical properties of light, basics of optics and materials, as well as technological developments, new materials, storage or transportation of daylight.
The use of daylight in public space for functional, recreational, cultural or spiritual use and the effect of daylight on state of mind, health and well-being as well as the dynamics and temporal quality of daylight and its effects on behaviour and spaces over time and seasons.

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A Grand Prize: 5,000 € per category (4,000 € to the student and 1,000 € to the teacher)
A prize: 1,250 € per category (1,000 € to the student and 250 € to the teacher)
The jury will be allowed to award a number of special prizes, including prizes for innovative use of VELUX products.

Entry Fee

Winners announcement and online exhibition: October 2018

Past winners


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