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The International VELUX Award is a biennial competition for students of architecture. We challenge students from all over the world to work with daylight as an ever relevant source of light, life and joy.

Light for the Blind

Global Winner - Daylight Investigations

Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. 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. The jury finds it a very intelligent project in the way it develops its idea; from understanding that loss of sight increases the acuity of other senses, to the search for a responsive material that responds to light by expanding and retracting. It is a very readable proposal with a clear idea that is beautifully presented. It takes the sensation of daylight to another level with a solution that could easily be realised.

Students: Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiqiang Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao, Xiaoqi Chen, Jiawen Li
Teacher: Mingjian Huang
School: China Academy of Art