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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. More than 600 student teams have submitted their daylight project to the International VELUX Award, and the jury has elected nine regional winners. See all winning projects here.

My Dead Relative in the Light

Regional Winner Asia and Oceania - Daylight in Buildings

Students: Qi Wang, Jingkai Chen, Peilin Yin
Teacher: Xuechuan Geng
School: Qingdao University of Technology
Country: China

Worshipping ancestors is a tradition for Chinese people − at festivals and on Memorial Day. In order to retain the tradition for the future megastructures of cities with a scarcity of land, the project suggests building gravestone brick walls in the bottom space of a high-rise public building. When sunlight passes through holes in the exterior walls, each gravestone brick will be illuminated at a specific time of the day of death − following the calculated incident angle of the sun over the course of the day and seasons.

The project moved everyone in the jury considerably. The poetics of remembrance with a touching connection to the soul of the person who is deceased is a celebration of daylight, and teaches people to understand the position of the sun at all times, so that they know when to go to the wall gravesite and to understand that every day is different. The project is also illustrated in a very beautiful way and the presentation of the main idea is truly convincing. For the jury, it is a clear winner in the category for Asia and Oceania.