Velux
Global winners live stream
18 November!

The global winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 will be selected from the 10 regional winners on 18 November at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The award event will be live streamed here!

The International VELUX Award for students of architecture challenges students to explore the theme of daylight - to create a deeper understanding of this ever-relevant source of energy, light and life.

Regional Winners

Daylight in Buildings

Shelter. Light
Fatai Osundiji, Emmanuel Ayoloto (NG)

Thumb_a527d47e-2d73-4462-9dc9-2c1d8fcbd6db

Region: Africa

"To put it simply, without daylight in architecture - architecture is nothing. Daylight is the very central tool to architecture that gives you so many advantages, it gives you flexibility and direction. I compare daylight to freedom. It gives you freedom to investigate opportunities"
- Fatai

Watch now

No Parking...Let There Be Light!
Enzo Piero Vergara Vaccia (CL)

Thumb_4f547078-32bc-4527-8d99-380da5b2aec1

Region: The Americas

"The existing building parking lots were not intended for the human body, but for paths and movements of the car. It is for this reason that the greatest challenge was to be able to illuminate and ventilate in order to accommodate new human activities"
- Enzo

Watch now

Redistribution Of Light
Kwang Hoon Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Yu Min Park (KR)

Thumb_be2e54bb-f2f6-48a0-8f0b-c8eeaeee97c4

Region: Asia + Oceania

"Within its spectrum, the role of light is decided according to each architects attitude towards a space, so for example daylight can be used to condition a living room's brightness, temperature and humidity but on the other hand it can be used in a dramatic emotional gesture such as those used in old ruins or religious spaces"
- Kwang Hoon

Watch now

Light Scattering Window
Kamil Głowacki, Marta Sowińska, Łukasz Gąska (PL)

Thumb_643e3f9e-db98-44c2-a67c-b0f61a1f8e9c

Region: Eastern Europe + Middle East

"We chose a window, as the primary element in architecture, through which we let light into our homes etc. We tried to find solutions to basic problems such as the excessive amount of sunlight entering the interior, over and under exposure, and the overheating of the room"
- Kamil

Watch now

Ceremonial Room Copenhagen
Eskild Pedersen (DK)

Thumb_e0fe4190-526e-4be4-9fb8-80eca1d60657

Region: Western Europe

"I had a certain vision of an atmosphere I wanted to create to this defined setting, and daylight is one of the most efficient and important tools to mold this atmosphere. Daylight has been an extremely important factor and very dictating in how I have shaped my whole project"
- Eskild

Watch now



Daylight Investigations

Light and Shadow
Ahmed Zorgui, Ala Eddin Noumi (TN)

Thumb_bfe8a925-5785-45aa-a0f9-6cded339982d

Region: Africa

"For me it's an experience. Daylight is one of the most important elements of our existence, which affects everything in our lives including our movement, our health and our daily activities. As an architecture student, daylight plays an important role in my reflections and perception in the elements"
- Ala

Watch now

Automated Blind Study
Amir Nezamdoost, Alen Mahic, Malak Modaresnezhad (US)

Thumb_24cb788e-572a-48ae-b8a2-021215875936

Region: The Americas

"We decided to see daylighting from the opposite – not just to think about providing daylight into the buildings, but to think how to bring controlled daylight (neither too much nor too little) into the spaces and provide visually comfortable conditions for the occupants"
- Amir

Watch now

Light For The Blind
Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiqiang Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao, Xiaoqi Chen, Jiawen Li (CN)

Thumb_986c9cba-ba65-419f-9312-a0b1ff739776

Region: Asia + Oceania

"The idea of the project is to change the way people usually experience light – with their eyes – to ‘feeling’ it with their hands. It considers how blind people would be able to feel a world with light and enjoy the beauty of light and shadow, legible in the surfaces as braille"
- Jury Report

Watch now

A quenchless light. Augmented market. Concept of the self-sustaining shopping plaza.
Anna Andronova (RU)

Thumb_3025a6de-f549-4e11-888d-6ad9f04ce536

Region: Eastern Europe + Middle East

"If you think of architecture as the art of creating spaces, I think that daylight is the most important factor because without light you couldn't perceive the space, and the quality of light defines the quality of the space"
- Anna

Watch now

Hammershøi's Grammar - A study of an artist’s perception and representation of Nordic light
Nicholas Shurey (DK)

Thumb_dbb1910c-a6b6-4531-acd9-ffde29cfe048

Region: Western Europe

"Architecture is a framework for experience. Buildings are generally static but daylight is such a dynamic phenomenon. If architecture is conscious and understanding of daylight then there is a real possibility to create powerful experiences"
- Nicholas

Watch now





Browse all projects

The jury

All award entries for the International VELUX Award 2016 were reviewed by an international jury. The jury is comprised of internationally renowned architects and architectual media, including representatives from UIA, and represents different cultural backgrounds, nationalities, and approaches to architecture.

Omar Gandhi (CA)
Omar Gandhi Architect

Christine Murray (UK)
Architectural Review

Zbigniew Reszka (PL)
ARCHDECO architecture

Francesco Veenstra (NL)
Mecanoo

Per Arnold Andersen (DK)
VELUX Group

Collaboration partners

International VELUX Award 2016 is organized in collaboration with the International Union of Architects, World Architecture Festival 2016 and The Architectural Review.