Ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award have been selected!

Earlier this week, the international jury selected 10 inspiring daylight projects as regional winners. The International VELUX award 2016 challenges students of architecture to demonstrate an understanding of daylight as source of energy, light and life.

The ten regional winners showed a level of investigation and understanding of how daylight is vital for architecture and how daylight can create space. They integrated creative daylight solutions in the city and in dense communities and they showed responsibility towards nature and to social interaction. They worked with many aspects from spirituality to how daylight can be made tangible for blind people in their projects.

We want the students to experiment and look at any aspect of daylight, and we are taken by surprise every time because they actually search for new relations with daylight – through curiosity, experimentation, model making and innovation, 
says Per Arnold Andersen, head of the International VELUX Award

The five regional winners of Daylight in Buildings were:

Africa: Shelter Light by Fatai Osundiji, Emmanuel Ayoloto

The Americas: No parking... Let there be light by Enzo Piero Vergara Vaccia 

Asia & Oceania: Redistribution of Light by Kwang Hoon Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Yu Min Park

Eastern Europe & the Middle East: Light Scattering Window by Kamil Głowacki, Marta Sowińska, Łukasz Gąska

Western Europe: Ceremonial Room Copenhagen by Eskild Pedersen


The five regional winners of Daylight Investigations were:

Africa: Light and Shadow by Ahmed Zorgui, Ala Eddin Noumi

The Americas: Automated Blind Study by Amir Nezamdoost, Alen Mahic, Malak Modaresnezhad

Asia & Oceania: Light for the Blind by Jiawen Li, Chenlu Wang, Jiebei Yang, Guiqiang Yao, Lushan Yao

Eastern Europe & the Middle East: A Quenchless Light by Anna Andronova

Western Europe: Hammershøi's Grammar by Nicholas Shurey


With close to 600 submitted projects from 57 countries, the competition displayed creative explorations on the theme of daylight from the world’s leading future architects. The regional winners of the International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture will now present their projects in competition for two overall prizes at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin on November 18, 2016. The ceremony will be livestreamed to​​.

Jury meeting earlier this week

The award jury: Omar Gandhi, Christine Murray, Zbigniew Reszka, Francesco Veenstra and Per Arnold Andersen met from 27 – 28 June in Copenhagen to review close to 600 submitted projects from 57 countries and by the end of the second day, they agreed on ten regional winners.

We are truly inspired by the daylight-driven explorations by students from around the world. The Award is designed to push students to work with daylight and this year’s submissions show great insights into the social, sociological and environmental dimensions of daylight,
says Per Arnold Andersen, head of the International VELUX Award

Light of Tomorrow

The overall theme of the International VELUX Award 2016 is Light of Tomorrow. The award wants to inspire students of architecture to consider how to use sunlight and daylight as main sources of energy and light, and how to ensure the health and well-being of people who live and work in buildings.

About the VELUX Group

About the VELUX Group

For more than 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 36 countries and around 11,000 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2022, the VELUX Group had total revenue of EUR 2.99 billion, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 4.29 billion, and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 181 million in charitable grants.

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