International Union of Architects

7th Edition 2016 VELUX International Award: Student Ideas Competition

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student competition

The winners of the 2016 Edition of the International VELUX Award were announced on Friday, 18 November at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

Presentation

The winners of the 2016 Edition of the International VELUX Award were announced on Friday, 18 November at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

The jury, composed of chairman Francesco Veenstra (Netherlands), Christine Murray (UK), Omar Ghandi (Canada), Per Arnold Andersen (Denmark) and UIA Representative Zbigniew Reszka first met at the end of June 2106 to decide upon 5 Regional Winners in each of two categories: Daylight in Buildings and Daylight Investigations.  10 Finalists were selected out of more than 600 entries. The jury was excited to see not only a diversity of projects from 57 countries around the world, but was impressed by the understanding of daylight as a life source, like water or air, demonstrated by students.  The jury especially appreciated the projects that relied on simple scale models and explored “classical techniques like hand-drawn sketches, rather than projects that worked only with renderings.”

On 18 November 2016, the Jury reconvened in Berlin on the occasion of the World Architecture Festival. Regional Winners were invited to Berlin to present their projects to the Jury and to respond to questions and comments from jury members in a live critique format. The jury then deliberated in private and selected two winners, one in each category.

In the Daylight in Buildings category, the jury attributed the prize to “Redistribution of Light” by Kwang Hoon Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon and Yu Min Park (Republic of Korea) for its “incredibly simple and incredibly poetic” approach.  “The students looked around, observed and questioned the way things were in their own community; they looked at an everyday problem and proposed a way to solve it.”

In the Daylight Investigations category, the prize went to “Light for the Blind” by Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiding Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao, Xiaoqi Chen and Jiawen Li (China).

“The jury found the project very realistic and easy to develop, further adding a new dimension to reading light, a whole new way of sensing light and shadow, and not only for blind people.”

The UIA congratulates VELUX on the extremely successful conclusion of the 2016 edition of a now established student competition.

 

Developer

VELUX

Results

10 Finalists were selected out of more than 600 entries.

Prize

In the Daylight in Buildings category: “Redistribution of Light” by Kwang Hoon Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon and Yu Min Park (Republic of Korea)

 

In the Daylight Investigations category, the prize went to “Light for the Blind” by Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiding Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao, Xiaoqi Chen and Jiawen Li (China).

Jury

The jury, composed of chairman Francesco Veenstra (Netherlands), Christine Murray (UK), Omar Ghandi (Canada), Per Arnold Andersen (Denmark) and UIA Representative Zbigniew Reszka (Poland)