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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.

Hammersøi's Gammar - A Study of the Artists Perception and Representation of Nordic Light

Regional Winner Western Europe - Daylight Investigations

Vilhelm Hammershøi was one of the first painters to truly reveal the phenomenological qualities of light in interior scenes. His paintings, often described as melancholic, are evocative celebrations of light. In his home in Copenhagen, he made over sixty paintings of its interiors, meticulously studying and documenting the daylight conditions and providing an invaluable resource to the understanding of the qualities of daylight today.  This very detailed study intrigued the jury. It is in a category of its own, with its careful studies of Hammershøi´s paintings and the characteristics of the light that was displayed in them. The work with scale models and the careful studies in the daylight laboratory shows an unusual and professional dedication to the understanding of the painter’s ‘grammar’ and interpretation of the atmospheric qualities of Nordic light. A beautifully executed presentation.  

Students: Nicholas Shurey
Teacher: Katja Bülow, Susanne Eeg
School: Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts