Velux
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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.

"NO PARKING ... LET THERE BE LIGHT! re imagining a parking building in the historic district of the city

Regional Winner the Americas - Daylight in Buildings

The project suggests a future “urban center without cars". It considers the role of existing parking infrastructures in the contemporary city and shows a ten-storey concrete building from the ‘80s in the historic district of Santiago. It looks at passive solar design strategies and works with how to create new spaces of daylight that trigger sustainable mobility and new activities in the urban setting. The project is sympathetic in the way it suggests using daylight as a tool to renovate the kind of buildings that we find in all capital cities over the world − multi-storey car parks that we want to get out of as quickly as possible because the lack of light and air is unbearable. The project is rewarded for its strong idea that challenges the way we have transformed our historic cities and how huge parking space volumes could be enlightened with new alternating city facilities.

Students: Enzo Piero Vergara Vaccia
Teacher: Oscar Godoy
School: Universidad Central de Chile