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VELUX Award 2010

The International VELUX Award 2010 for Students of Architecture wants to encourage and challenge students of architecture to explore the theme of daylight in its widest sense – and to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever-relevant source of energy and light.

The award seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment with an open-minded and experimental approach. The Award seeks to widen the boundaries of daylight in architecture, including aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction between buildings and environment

Introduction

The International VELUX Award encourages students of architecture to explore the theme of sunlight and daylight in its widest sense to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever relevant source of light and energy. The International VELUX Award is presented every second year to promote and celebrate excellence in completed study works in any scale from small-scale components to large urban contexts or abstract concepts and experimentation.

The Award is global and open to any registered student of architecture backed by a teacher from a school of architecture. The total prize money is 30,000 Euro. The jury, comprising internationally renowned architects and other building professionals will award a number of prize winners and honorable mentions. The winners will be invited to the Award event that is planned to take place in the autumn 2010. All projects submitted for the Award will be displayed on the Award website.

Objective

“Light of Tomorrow” is the overall theme of the award that celebrates and promotes excellence in completed study works from students all over the world. Read more about the award concept, themes and criteria as well as requirements for participation in the full award brief that you will find here.

The Award contains no specific categories, but entries may focus on:

  • Concepts with focus on sunlight as natural resource for light and energy.
  • The contribution of daylight to high visual quality and interior comfort that support people’s lives and living conditions.
  • The rethinking of daylight in urban living contexts, revitalizing urban tissue.
  • The importance of sunlight and daylight for sustainable architecture that takes into account the rhythms and balances of nature
  • More abstract concepts like daylight vs. artificial light, day vs. night, in vs. out etc

The jury will evaluate the projects in accordance with the following criteria:

  • How the project addresses the future
  • The level of experimentation and innovation
  • How technology is being approached
  • The level of poetry, human conditions and an architecture that we want to believe in
  • The use of daylight as a premise for architecture
  • The overall presentation; graphically, how the project presents itself

Prizes

The total prize money is 30,000€. The jury will award a number of prize winners and honourable mentions. 1st prize will be minimum 8,000€ for the student(s) and 2,000€ for the teacher(s). 2nd prize will be minimum 4,000€ for the student(s) and 1,000€ for the teachers(s). Up to 10 projects in total will be shortlisted for honorable mention and an award trophy. The jury may award special prizes for categories or themes.

The winners will be announced and celebrated at an Award event some place in Europe in October 2010. The prize winners and one team member from the honourable mentions and the special prizes will be invited to the event where prizes and trophies are presented.

Rules

  • The Award is open to any registered student of architecture – individual or team – all over the world.
  • Velux encourages multi-disciplinary teams including e.g. engineering, design and landscaping.
  • Every student or student team must be backed and granted submission by a teacher from a school of architecture.
  • The award welcomes projects from individuals or groups of students, who are students during the study year 2009/10.
  • Submitted projects have to be prepared during the study year 2008/09 or 2009/10

How to enter?

Please note that you need to register to be able to participate in the Award. Deadline for registration for the 2010 Award is 1 February 2010. Go to registration.