The winners of the 2018 Edition of the International VELUX Award were announced on Friday, 30 November at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
The winners of the 2018 Edition of the International VELUX Award were announced on Friday, 30 November at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). UIA former president Vassilis Sgoutas participated in the award ceremony.
Launched in 2004, the overall theme of this biennial award is “Light of Tomorrow.” It seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment by inspiring creative explorations on the themes of “Daylight in Buildings” and “Daylight Investigations” from the world’s leading future architects.
The international jury met to select two global winners, following live presentations by nine regional winners who had been selected during the first round in June 2018. UIA former president Vassilis Sgoutas participated in the award ceremony.
The global winner in the “Daylight in Buildings” category was Anastasia Maslova from Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering in Russia with her project “Light Forms Juggler”. The jury praised her project for its rigorous exploration of daylight in buildings related to the urban scale. “It showcases a strong architectural vision and the project raises a lot of interesting questions,” they said.
The project provokes a fresh look at architecture, examining how to shape buildings to capture the maximum amount of natural light. It suggests a change in the shape of buildings and their openings, where rectangular shapes increasingly limit the penetration of light into space. It also analyses various alternative forms that maximise the potential of natural light penetration as well as investigating the shadows cast by buildings.
The global winner in the “Daylight Investigations” category was “Road to Light” created by Yuhan Lou, Di Lan, Yuan Liu, Yusong Liu, students from Tianjin University in China. The team took home the prize after creating a well-researched project that addresses a real problem and presents a simple and practical solution. “It is a simple solution that changes the life of children in remote rural areas. By introducing small pieces of local materials, it encourages optimism, growth and thinking,” stated the jury.
The project stems from a need for safe passage between communities. The team suggests introducing a small amount of inexpensive fluorite to the pathways. The bright colours of the stones will glow for several hours at night when exposed to daylight during the day. Almost all provinces in China have large fluorite mines and the coarse processing of the raw stone into pavement material makes it economically feasible for poor rural areas.
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