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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. 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 Forms Juggler

Regional Winner Eastern Europe and the Middle East - Daylight in Buildings

Students: Anastasia Maslova
Teacher: Ilnar Akhtiamov and Rezeda Akhtiamova
School: Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering
Country: Russian Federation

The project invites us to take a fresh look at architecture. At present, a very significant problem is insufficient lighting in buildings. But at the same time, there is so much sunlight. So how do we shape buildings to capture the maximum amount of natural light? The project suggests a change in the shape of buildings and their openings, where rectangular shapes increasingly limit the penetration of light into space. It also analyses various alternative forms that maximise the potential of natural light penetration as well as investigating the shadows cast by buildings.

After a long debate, perhaps the most intense among all the projects, the jury agreed on this project, which is more a manifesto than a design. It asks the relevant questions: do we need to design buildings to be the way they are today? And can we bring more daylight through a vocabulary of openings? The jury hopes that this project will inspire other students to be ambitious, to be a bit rebellious, and to pose questions − even if there is no immediate solution.