International VELUX Award 2022: Global winners announced

The two winning projects of the 2022 International VELUX Award are from architecture schools in Poland and Iran.

The VELUX Group is proud to announce that the projects ‘TIP: Time Indicate Protection’ by Zuzanna Sazonow and Aleksandra Pytka and ‘FLight’ by Sajjad Navidi, Mahya Mousavi Sadr and Elham Bahadori are the global winners of the International VELUX Award 2022 for Students of Architecture.

The jury of internationally acclaimed architects selected the two global winners following live presentations by 9 regional winners at The World Architecture Festival in Lisbon on  December 2nd. The 10 finalists from 9 different countries around the globe were chosen from among 507 daylight projects, submitted by students from 211 schools of architecture in 63 countries.

Since the regional winners of the competition were announced in July 2022, the students have been awaiting the chance to present their projects to the jury in the final round of the competition this month. Finally, the jury saw the live presentations and had a chance to ask the teams questions. Based on the presentations, the following projects were selected as the global winners.

Global winner category Daylight in Buildings: TIP: Time Indicate Protection

Student: Zuzanna Sazonow and Aleksandra Pytka

School: Politechnika Poznańska

Teacher: Patrycja Kamińska

Country: Poland

Region: Eastern Europe & Middle East

The project proposes a modular shading system for the adaptation of multi-family residential buildings to answer to constantly changing climate conditions and new post-pandemic lifestyles. The structure has been designed in such a way as to protect the interior from overheating, but at the same time allow natural daylight to enter.

What the jury really liked about this modular shading system was that it's transforming a facade of an existing building into a more beautiful solution. The combination of aesthetics and technical elements was appreciated because it addresses the very prominent problems of avoiding glare and heat in city buildings.

The jury was impressed by the project's potential for far-reaching applicability and the way in which it sets out to improve issues in current buildings. 

We thought it was a very direct, straightforward solution to deal with the restoration of buildings that can be applied to not only one single country or building, but to the whole world. With this project, buildings can be changed and modified for the better. You see all the elements that architecture is about: sustainability, natural light, materiality, and really transforming the image of the building and the city for the better.

says jury member Fuensanta Nieto

I think there's so much dreaming about the future and all, but we also need to attend to our buildings of the past. So, we really appreciated the project and the solution.

says jury member Anupama Kundoo


Global winner category Daylight Investigations: FLight

Students: Sajjad Navidi, Mahya Mousavi Sadr, Elham Bahadori

School: University of Art, Tehran

Teacher: Rima Fayaz and Maryam Fakhari

Country: Iran

Region: Eastern Europe & Middle East

The project responds to issues of displacement and war, specifically in the spatial context of refugee camps. With children in focus, the project is both an outdoor game and a source of light. This simple but effective device provides both a sense of safety and security as well as much needed joy in a difficult situation.  The jury was drawn to the project due to its simplicity but also the way  it addressed a dreadful problem in a poetic and joyful way.

The jury was really impressed by the economy of means, the depth to which the project was studied, taught and tested, and basically its viability. It seems like it would be a very inexpensive thing to produce and would change a lot of lives.

says John Ronan, chairman of jury

FLight proposed a very simple device for widespread application, to uplift and bring fun, joy and play into the lives of children, particularly children growing up in post-war situations. We really appreciate the humble, simple project, but also that is very practical and fun.

says Anupama Kundoo, jury member


The winning project in each category, Daylight in Buildings and Daylight Investigations will receive 5,000 €; 4,000 € to the students and 1,000 € to the teacher/s involved.

Explore the winning global projects here 



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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