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IVA 2018

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 will be kicked-off during spring 2017 – so be ready!

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What is on for architecture students at the World Architecture Festival? Paul Finch, co-founder and programme director of the World Architecture Festival (WAF), shares his excitement surrounding the International VELUX Award at WAF this November. By Shaun Weston Nystrom 20 October 2016
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The Inspirations of Architecture with Christine Murray Christine Murray, International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture jury member and editor-in-chief for one of the world’s leading architectural magazines, The Architectural Review (AR), shares her architectural inspirations and thoughts on the IVA2016 regional winning projects. By Shaun Weston Nystrom 05 October 2016
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Daylight for All In the small town of Montfoort, the first ten of millions of Dutch terraced houses have been converted into Active Houses. Their roofs harness the sun’s energy in three ways: to generate power, to supply heat, and as a source of light that significantly enhances the comfortable living conditions in these spacious but very deep houses. By Jakob Schoof | Photography by Torben Eskerod 25 May 2016
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Experiencing daylight with Francesco Veenstra Francesco Veenstra, an award winning architect and International VELUX Award jury member, shares ideas on exploring daylight into your IVA2016 project. By Shaun Weston Nystrom 24 May 2016
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Daylight is a tool: Omar Gandhi Interview Omar Gandhi, recognized as one the top 20 young architects in the world and an International VELUX Award jury member, gives his tips on how to incorporate daylight into your IVA2016 project. By Shaun Weston Nystrom 04 May 2016
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Energizing with Light A close symbiosis between architectural design, ecological aspirations and a high standard of education produce a space with plenty of room for movement and an abundant supply of daylight. By Jakob Schoof | Photography by Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks 03 May 2016
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Daylight in Green Solution House Green Solution House is a conference center and hotel located on the Island of Bornholm in Denmark. The building was created with a special focus on providing environmental-friendly solutions, based on local recyclable materials usage, renewable energy sources utilization and life-cycle considerations. At the same time, Green Solution House aims to provide a healthy indoor environment for the visitors, meaning that they can benefit from the high levels of daylight, temperature ranges and fresh air. By Milena Slipek 30 March 2016
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Daylight in Green Lighthouse From an architectural point of view the house was inspired by the sundial and the movement of the sun around the house. The design underlines the fact that the sun is an important topic in science and one of the most significant energy sources in Green Lighthouse. By Nicolas Roy 04 March 2016
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Develop Bright Ideas with Daylight Visualizer VELUX Daylight Visualizer is a powerful tool to develop ideas for natural light in buildings. From small investigations to full project evaluations, it lets you calculate the performance of daylight in your design, as well as its appearance for a wide range of sky conditions. By Nicolas Roy 12 February 2016
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Daylight Mapping Planet Earth Our experience of the world is strongly determined by the amount and quality of daylight that we receive. Modern methods of daylight mapping can tell us fascinating stories about the availability of natural light in different parts of the world, and on the diverse factors – both natural and man-made – that influence it. By John Mardaljevic & Francesco Anselmo 25 January 2016
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A Great Daylight Experience - the first Active House in Canada The fundamental qualitative aspects of the Great Gulf Active House are guided by natural daylight and how it can soothe and otherwise improve our daily lives through an immersive experience. By Agnieszka Szwarczewska, VELUX Group 20 January 2016
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Light and Materials Light and materials are inseparably connected, indeed they actually determine each other: neither is visible to the human eye until the two come together. For this reason, great architects have always also allowed themselves to be directed by the light in the choice of their building materials. They use light to draw out contrasts between different materials and they use materials that allow them to create a very specific distribution of light in a room. By Marietta Millet 06 January 2016
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Educated by Nature At first glance, the houses that Peter Stutchbury has designed throughout the 35 years of his career remind us of the modernist villas to be found elsewhere in the warm temperate climates of the world, such as in California or along the Mediterranean Coast. With their immaculate detailing and stripped-back construction, they may well seem like typical lifestyle choices of affluent, post-materialist, cultural elites. By Jakob Schoof | Photography by Michael Nicholson 10 December 2015
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Architecture for the Senses How can we design buildings that stimulate our senses, follow our human needs and allow us to live in balance with nature? Buildings, which combine the use of daylight and artificial light and use the “double dynamic” potential of controlling daylight and artificial light, might stimulate our senses and human needs, as well as enhance the feeling of living in balance with nature. By Christina Augustesen 09 December 2015
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Design with Sunlight First Can we imagine a house without windows? Probably not, yet we don’t seem to mind spending most of our lives in artificial environments, working, studying, meeting, shopping deep inside buildings where air and light are crafted by machines to create the most uniform and stable conditions. By Francesco Anselmo 09 December 2015
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Focusing on People with Clear Priorities Towards Better Architecture Evolution has conditioned human beings to flourish in daylight. This is borne out by many involuntary functions we are unable to influence, such as the automatic adjustment of our eyes to brightness, distance and colour, our circadian rhythm of day and night, and, not least, the production of vitamin D through exposure of our skin to sunlight, an essential process for the regulation of bone growth and calcium levels in blood. By Peter Andres 08 December 2015
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Learn to Design - with Light In recent years, the interest in daylighting has experienced an unquestionable growth, not only among architects but also among the general public. At the same time, many people are also pursuing a healthier lifestyle, caring more about their bodies and their nourishment. If this weren’t true, how else could we explain the success of fitness centres and natural foods? By Paulo Scarazzato 08 December 2015
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Better Daylight Through Distributed Intelligence The best way to achieve this change is through development of distributed intelligence in the form of smart luminaires, windows and skylights that carry their own sensors as well as logic controllers that adjust operable components based on environmental conditions. By Konstantinos Papamichael 08 December 2015
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The Light of La Rochelle On Thursday 14 October 2010, the winners and honourable mentions from the International VELUX Award 2010 met in La Rochelle, France, to explore the city and its light. The Light of La Rochelle was for the first time experienced, captured and sensed by 23 architecture students with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. By the VELUX Group 08 December 2015
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Coming Closer to the Sky The ‘Skyspaces’ by the American light artist James Turrell are sky observatories, spaces of mostly circular or elliptical plan, in which the visitor feels very close to the sky: The solid and mostly bare concrete walls of the rooms entirely blind out the surrounding landscape and focus the view entirely on the round ceiling opening, through which, depending on the time of day and the weather, pale grey or steel-blue daylight, moonlight or starlight enters the room. By the VELUX Group | Photography by Florian Holzherr 07 December 2015
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Daylight, Perception, Movement and Embodied Experiences Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s diverse works - in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. By Olafur Eliasson 07 December 2015
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Access to Daylight - Getting People Outside and Daylight Inside The question of successfully providing daylight to people has two distinct sets of solutions: We can try to get more people outside or more daylight inside of buildings. Ideally, we follow both approaches synchronously... By Christoph Reinhart 07 December 2015
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Circadian House – Principles and guidelines for healthy homes Much focus on sustainable buildings has been on energy aspects. However, health is the most precious resource we have, and energy is only one aspect of sustainability. A primary goal for sustainability should be to sustain good health and a healthy living environment. This was the starting point for a series of workshops with international experts initiated by the VELUX Group, based on a wish to start a discussion on how to create healthier homes. By the VELUX Group 04 December 2015
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Architecture for Well-Being and Health To truly enhance human well-being, building design needs to move beyond optimising single parameters such as temperature and humidity, to more holistic approaches that take their cues in health-supporting human behaviours. Based on the Five Ways to Well-Being that have recently been established by scientists, this article outlines some essential rules of thumb that designers can follow in order to nudge building users into a healthier way of living. By Koen Steemers | Photography by Thekla Ehling 04 December 2015
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Creating change through daylight Daylighting has always been an essential and irreplaceable resource in the field of architecture. It can be considered a resource from a design perspective, since it contributes significantly to the character and appearance of indoor spaces in buildings, due to such features as quantity, distribution and direction, through effects of light and shadow, and as a result of its variability in space and time. By Anna Pellegrino 03 December 2015
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Daylight and Architecture In this lecture David Nelson, Head of Design at Foster+Partners, demonstrates the versatile opportunities in designing with daylight through the impressive global design portfolio of his firm. Other examples from China to the US and Europe showed that daylight as a key to sustainable buildings - is a global movement. By David Nelson 02 December 2015
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Biomimicry in Architectural Design Most people now accept the case for sustainability and many wonder how the debate will move forward over the next few decades. Some commentators have asserted that biomimicry will be one of the main design tools that facilitate the shift from the industrial age to the ecological age of mankind. This rapidly emerging discipline draws on a sourcebook of solutions that have benefitted from a 3.8 billion year research and development period. By Michael Pawlyn 02 December 2015
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Daylight - a perspective The most important benefit of daylight in buildings, in my perspective, is the connection of the inside to the outside. We are human beings, we are a part of nature, and we have been, in a very basic way, conditioned by natural light and the natural landscape. Daylight, as well as access to views outside, is an essential part of our health – biologically, psychologically and spiritually. By Vellachi Ganesan 30 November 2015
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Light or Dark Light allows us to understand our world by making things visible and by giving us an idea of space and time. Sunlight is a prerequisite for physical health, affecting our bodies through numerous non-visual pathways. The body and mind interacting with light is one of the sensory conditions that every architect has to contend with if the buildings we create are to foster well-being. By Craig Dykers 30 November 2015
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The Circadian House: Hawkes House - Designing for Ageing The Hawkes House is a one-off design conceived for individual clients. The question arises as to how this may serve as a general model for housing for bringing *Circadian principles to bear on Design for Ageing? By Dean Hawkes 30 November 2015
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Eyes Onto the World Throughout the centuries, anonymous builders from all parts of the world have increasingly fine-tuned their window designs to the context of climate and culture. Their creations offer a number of lessons to be learnt for contemporary buildings that aim to save energy and maximise the use of natural daylight. By Francesco Anselmo and John Mardaljevic 30 November 2015