The International VELUX Award for students of architecture challenges students to explore the theme of daylight - to create a deeper understanding of this ever-relevant source of energy, light and life.

The award runs every second year and it is one of the most important global student competitions of its kind. The International VELUX Award 2018 is launching now! Prepare your project team, connect with your teacher and get ready for registration in September 2017.

Light for the Blind

Global Winner - Daylight Investigations

Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. The idea of the project is to change the way people usually experience light – with their eyes – to ‘feeling’ it with their hands. It considers how blind people would be able to feel a world with light and enjoy the beauty of light and shadow, legible in the surfaces as braille. The jury finds it a very intelligent project in the way it develops its idea; from understanding that loss of sight increases the acuity of other senses, to the search for a responsive material that responds to light by expanding and retracting. It is a very readable proposal with a clear idea that is beautifully presented. It takes the sensation of daylight to another level with a solution that could easily be realised.

Students: Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiqiang Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao, Xiaoqi Chen, Jiawen Li
Teacher: Mingjian Huang
School: China Academy of Art