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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.

Shelter. Light

Regional Winner Africa - Daylight in Buildings

The project considers an ancient town in south-west Nigeria. The electrical supply is irregular and unstable, resulting in dark interiors both by day and by night. The project proposes the installation of semi-transparent, solar-sensitive panels on the existing roofs to allow screened sunlight into the most vital indoor spaces, and with integrated photovoltaic solar collection for powering artificial light at night. The project suggest a very simple, sympathetic and realistic idea that can be applicable in this chosen suburban context and others − with considerable impact for the local community. It is a single solution to two problems; inadequate daylight levels in the central corridor, and irregular supply of electricity for light. The proposal is well presented and easily read, and the main rendering of the night-time situation and the smaller indoor studies are very convincing. 

Students: Abdul Fatah Osundiji, Emmanuel Ayoloto
Teacher: Babajide Onabanjo
School: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.