Velux
View all 2018 projects

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.

Daylight to Water

Regional Winner The Americas - Daylight Investigations

Students: John Nguyen, Stephen Baik, and Abubakr Bajaman
Teacher: Mauricio Quirós Pacheco
School: University of Toronto
Country: Canada

The proposal seeks to utilise daylight to capture moisture in the air in humid environments and transform it into usable water. Environments such as deserts benefit greatly from this implementation, as light showers often evaporate in the air before reaching the ground. The proposal looks at revitalising dry climate regions into functional and farmable land over time by installing the technology into square miles of areas at a given time and making the soil soft and hydrated for seed cultivation and allowing farmers to start tending the land. Overtime, the technology can also be developed as a form of water purification.

The jury finds it a very intelligent project − and the key issue, to use daylight (not just by itself but in relation to humidity and agriculture) shows great motivation and technical insight. The jury is intrigued by the investigations and ways of providing systems that allow the transformation of arid zones and infertile land. This is a good direction for the world to take, for its climate and for feeding the increasing population. The jury congratulates a convincing winner of their category for the Americas.