VELUX International Design Award 2014, Architecture

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VELUX International Design Award 2014 for Students of Architecture

Architectural Prize Information – Jury News

22 May 2014

VELUX International Design Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

Hyunjeong Kim wins the first VELUX International Design Award with an innovative concept for roof window blinds

22 May 2014 – Two winners and five honourable mentions were presented and honoured at the VELUX International Design Awards ceremony at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands on 22 May 2014. Hyunjeong Kim from the Berlin University of the Arts in Germany won first prize for her project, ‘Ferro Fluid Scales’:

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

The second prize went to Iris van den Brink and Anneloes de Koff from the University of Technology in Delft in the Netherlands, for their project called ‘The Swipe’:

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

The jury awarded the top-prize of 6,000 Euro to Hyunjeong Kim for her “comprehensive and innovative solution for roof windows,” adding that her Ferro Fluid Scales “is a project that shows a high level of innovation and has vision. Also technically, it is a very clever and sophisticated solution that shows a new way of thinking roof window coverings.”

Magnetic attraction
Hyunjeong Kim from the Berlin University of the Arts in Germany won first place in the first-ever VELUX International Design Award for her inventive blind design, titled Ferro Fluid Scales.

“I’m very excited and happy about winning the VELUX International Design Award, says Hyunjeong Kim – the VELUX awards are very famous and important awards. I’m proud to win, hoping it will be excellent for my career.”

Ferro Fluid Scales:
International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

The inspiration for Ferro Fluid Scales came from the liquid Ferrofluid, which resembles black water in its natural state but becomes condensed when placed between magnetic fields. Ferro Fluid Scales integrate this scientific knowledge into an original design by containing the opaque liquid as well as a clear suspension liquid in each transparent glass blade, and allowing the user to easily increase or decrease the strength of the magnetic field – thereby controlling the amount of light that can enter through the blind.

Ferro Fluid Scales:
International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

Kim elaborates on her development process: “After researching many materials to realise my idea, I finally discovered Ferrofluid. The most important aspect of the Ferro Fluid Scales design is that the blind functions not through physical movement, but rather through the organic changes of the Ferrofluid within the thin glass panels, or scales. I added an electromagnetic unit that makes it easy to control the power to increase or decrease the amount of incoming sunlight.”

Ferro Fluid Scales:
International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

Seven significant projects

The second, 2,500 Euro prize went to Iris van den Brink and Anneloes de Koff from the University of Technology in Delft in the Netherlands. Describing their gradual shading system project, The Swipe, Iris van den Brink and Anneloes de Koff explain: “Besides having a beautiful, aesthetic effect, our design is feasible because of its simplicity. All the different parts of The Swipe are standardised elements, which is why production costs can be kept low. We feel that this is in line with the VELUX vision of making great design accessible to everyone.”

The jury found the project to be “a very simple but strong and innovative solution,” adding that “the inside/outside solution shows an interesting way of manipulating the light.”

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

Five teams also received honourable mentions for their projects. At the awards ceremony, all seven finalists – from design schools in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and Hungary – presented prototypes of their designs.

Jury member Peter Zec, who founded the prestigious red dot design award, said, “Among the five projects that were nominated for an honourable mention, there were many interesting solutions. We have seen the use of new and exciting technology – for instance, using natural daylight as a night-time energy source, as well as both sustainable and technical solutions with a lot of inspiration from nature.”

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

Selecting the winner

Settling on a favourite was a difficult task for the jury, which consisted of German Peter Zec, the Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi and the Dutch designer and architect Petra Blaisse. With so many talented teams and exceptional projects, the jurors often found themselves at odds about the winning choice.

Jury member Petra Blaisse, known for continuously challenging the status quo with her designs, calls every finalist a winner, as they all managed to cast new light on the vast possibilities in the area of blind design – and to make the selection process challenging for the jury.

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Winners

“In the winning project we saw a combination of technological intelligence, inventiveness and effectiveness. Effectiveness understood in terms of functionality – the solution doesn’t force decorative design onto the user” says, Petra Blaisse when explaining the winning solution.

A new design award drives innovation

The VELUX International Design Award was established to offer aspiring design students from around Europe the opportunity to push the boundaries of what is possible to achieve at the intersection of design and technology, for blinds for roof windows. VELUX invited students to submit their ideas on the future design and composition of roof window blinds for a chance to win the VELUX International Design Award. Contestants from more than 20 European countries submitted their work, which was rated based on the criteria: ‘innovation’, ‘improved quality of life’, ‘sustainability’ and ‘market potential’.

Kent Holm, Global Director of Decoration and Sun Screening Products at VELUX Group, was impressed with the number of inventive projects the participating teams produced – particularly the designs highlighted at the ceremony.

“When we decided to establish this competition, we had no idea we would be standing here today with such a large number of exciting projects,” Holm said at the ceremony. “It is truly admirable how many of these design teams have opted for highly complex solutions, and we are thrilled by the sheer level of dedication and workmanship that have been displayed throughout the competition.”

Holm hopes that the students benefited from the process – from inspiration to conceptualisation and from design to prototype. “As a source of daylight, fresh air and an attractive view, the roof window enriches our lives with light and creates better living environments for life, work and play. I am sure that all the participants have gained valuable insight into roof windows and we definitely feel inspired by all the creative concepts and solution that the students have come up with.”

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20 May 2014

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture Submissions

International VELUX Award 2014 Entries

802 entries on the Light of Tomorrow

20 May 2014 – When submission closed for the International VELUX Award 2014, 802 projects from 54 countries had been sent in. Each of the projects explores the role of daylight in architecture. In June, an internationally assembled jury will meet to review all 802 projects and elect the prize winners and honorable mentions.

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture – past winners:
International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture

To us in the VELUX Group, the large number of projects proves the relevance of discussing daylight in architecture. Daylight influences all aspects of our lives, from the urban setting to the individual instructions for our biological clock and metabolism of a single cell in our bodies. We expect to see a wide range of approaches to daylight design, when we go through the 802 entries at the jury meeting, says Per Arnold Andersen, representing the VELUX Group on the jury and head of the VELUX Group Knowledge Centre for Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate.

The jury will meet in June and go through the entire collection of entries before determining the number of winners and mentions. To mark the tenth anniversary of the International VELUX Award, the jury comprises experienced practitioners and teachers of architecture who have all contributed to the award since 2004. The jury members are Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta, USA; Roísín Henegan, founding partner of Heneghan Peng from Ireland; Magda Mostafa, associate professor of architecture at the American University in Cairo, Egypt; Catherine Slessor, editor of Architectural Review, UK; and Per Arnold Andersen, VELUX Group representative from Denmark.

The winners and the teachers backing their projects will share the total prize sum of 30,000 euro. In 2012, the jury awarded four prize winners and ten honorable mentions selected among 983 entries from 59 countries. First prize winners were Bo Li and Ge Men from ETHZ in Switzerland for their project “Resonance, Memory”.

The 2014 winners will be announced and celebrated at the award event taking place at the Semper Depot in Vienna, Austria, on 30 October. The winners and their projects will be featured in Architectural Review. All 802 projects will be exhibited on the award website, iva.velux.com when the winners have been announced.

More information and current updates can be found at iva.velux.com and www.facebook.com/Internationalveluxaward.

11 Nov 2013

International VELUX Award 2014 News

International VELUX Award 2014 Jury announcement

The International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture proudly announces the jury for the 2014 Award.

– We are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the International VELUX Award and we mark the anniversary by presenting an experienced jury consisting of renowned architects, who, since 2004, contributed to prove the success of the award. We know that they are all very excited to see the submitted projects from students all over the world, and to experience how the award has developed over the last ten years, says Per Arnold Andersen, Head of the VELUX Group Knowledge Centre for Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate.

International VELUX Award 2012:
International VELUX Award
image from VELUX

The jury for the International VELUX Award 2014 has been assembled in collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and comprises Craig Dykers from the US, Róisín Heneghan from Ireland, Magda Mostafa from Egypt and Catherine Slessor from the UK. Per Arnold Andersen from Denmark represents the VELUX Group on the jury.

International VELUX Award 2014 Jury, left to right – Craig Dykers, Róisín Heneghan, Magda Mostafa, Catherine Slessor and Per Arnold Andersen:
Craig Dykers Róisín Heneghan Magda Mostafa Catherine Slessor Per Arnold Andersen
photos from VELUX

The jury is in for a challenging, yet awarding experience, when they get together for the jury meeting in June 2014. The previous awards have proved the powerful innovative and conceptual thinking of the future generations of architects; for instance experienced by Craig Dykers when he was first on the jury in 2004.

– Perhaps the most important aspect of this Award is that it promotes the opportunity to raise tantalizing issues and even more fundamentally through the eyes of the students and their teachers rather than through the eyes of the professional, said Craig Dykers in an es-say published as part of the International VELUX Award Yearbook 2004.

World-class jury setup

The jury members represent wide-ranging backgrounds and professional experience from design of internationally renowned architectural landmarks to teaching and architectural journalism.

Craig Dykers sat on the jury for the International VELUX Award in 2004. He is founding partner of Snøhetta with current activities ranging from the Alexandria Library in Egypt to the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center.

The Irish architect, Róisín Heneghan, is founding partner of Heneghan Peng Architects, fa-mous for winning the world’s largest architectural competition for the Grand Egyptian Muse-um in 2003 and today engaged in major projects around the world. Róisín Heneghan served on the jury for the International VELUX Award in 2006.

With a strong background in teaching, Magda Mostafa served the jury for the International VELUX Award in 2010 and was elected chairman of the jury. Magda Mostafa is Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo, and currently a Special Needs Design Associate at Progressive Architects in Cairo. Magda Mostafa has represented UIA on various inter-national competition juries. New on the jury is the Editor of Architectural Review, Catherine Slessor. Catherine Slessor is a renowned architectural critic and has won the International Building Press award for Archi-tectural Journalists of the Year three times.

Per Arnold Andersen represents the VELUX Group on the jury. As an architect himself, he has been one of the main drivers behind the International VELUX Award for Students of Ar-chitecture since it was first conceived back in 2003.

Registration is open

Registration for the International VELUX Award 2014 has been open since 2 September. Registration takes place online and students need to register before 3 March to be able to participate in the Award. Deadline for submission of projects is 2 May 2014.

The Award Brief and detailed information about registration and participation are available on iva.velux.com and you can follow us on facebook.com/internationalveluxaward

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture images / information received 11 Nov 2013

2 Sep 2013

International VELUX Award 2014

International VELUX Award 2014: Registration is open now!

On 2 September, the International VELUX Award opens once again to challenge new students on the Light of Tomorrow.

Daylight in dense urban settings. Daylight and sustainability. How to transport and store daylight? Daylight, water and wind. Going back to the fundamentals of daylight in architec-ture. Daylight, health and well-being. Conceptual experiments, poetic thinking and beautiful reflections. Over and over again the juries of the International VELUX Award have been amazed by the experimental thinking and innovation power of the future generations of architects.

Detail of 2012 Winner Project of International VELUX Award – ‘Resonance, memory’ by Bo Li and Ge Men:
2012 Winner Project of International VELUX Award
image from VELUX

Celebrating its 10 years anniversary, the International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture invites the global architect student community to explore and investigate day-light in architecture in its widest sense; an ever relevant topic with a wide, international appeal judging from the more than 3,000 entries that have been submitted for the Award during previous awards. In the 2012 edition alone, the jury found the winners among 983 entries from 59 countries.

– I found the broad range of themes really powerful. Questions about light in so many dif-ferent ways, the role of light in water, light in sand, light in memory, light in the newest of technologies, and embedding technology within the way we understand light. I think the number of entries is a sign of the huge success of the Award as an international forum for questioning and exploring innovative ways and important issues. Light is fundamental to everyone, and timeless in many ways, said jury chairman Brigitte Shim when the jury for the 2012 Award had selected the Chinese students Bo Li and Ge Men from ETHZ in Switzer-land as first prize winners for their project “Resonance, memory”.

In 2012, 14 winning teams and their teachers shared the prize money of 30,000 Euro. Since it was established in 2004, the Award has altogether received more than 10,000 registra-tions and over 3,000 entries. 66 prize winners and honourable mentions have been awarded and all projects can be found here: http://iva.velux.com/about_the_award/previous_awards

International jury will judge the hundreds of entries

The members of the jury for the International VELUX Award represent the global sphere of practising and teaching architects. Diversity is a key word in the assembly of the jury to strike the balance of different fields of work, age, gender and geography. So far the jury has comprised renowned architects from every corner of the world, Glenn Murcutt (Austra-lia), Hani Rashid (USA), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Nathalie de Vries (the Netherlands), Magda Mostafa (Egypt), Per Olaf Fjeld (Norway) and Brigitte Shim (Canada) to name but a few of the distinguished jury members from the five previous awards.

The jury for the 2014 Award is currently being assembled, and a wide, international repre-sentation is guaranteed to match the huge diversity of the expected hundreds of entries.

– We want to give students the possibility to experiment and work freely with the ever rele-vant topic of daylight in architecture. When looking through the thousands of entries we have received in the previous five awards, we certainly see that the theme of “Light of To-morrow” has inspired the students to think about the future – to ask questions, to experi-ment and to explore. As a company providing daylight solutions it is important for us to ex-perience all this inspirational thinking and to have a close dialogue with the future genera-tions of architects, says Per Arnold Andersen, architect and head of VELUX Group Knowl-edge Centre for Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate.

Students need to register to be able to participate in the Award, and registration takes place on iva.velux.com from 2 September 2013 until 3 March 2014. Deadline for submission of projects is 2 May 2014.

The Award Brief and detailed information about registration and participation is available on iva.velux.com.

The Award is organised in cooperation with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).

Find more information: iva.velux.com and on www.facebook.com/InternationalVELUXaward

2012 Winner Project of International VELUX Award – ‘Resonance, memory’ by Bo Li and Ge Men:
2012 Winner Project of International VELUX Award
image from VELUX

About the VELUX Group
The VELUX Group creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The VELUX product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. The Group also supplies many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation products, products for remote control and thermal solar collectors for installation in roofs. The VELUX Group, which has manufacturing compa-nies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries, represents one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has about 10,000 employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit www.velux.com.

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture – Background

On 2 September 2013, The VELUX Group launches the International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture.
The Award is open to students from all over the world. The Award celebrates and promotes excellence in completed study works in any scale from a small scale component to large urban contexts or abstract concepts and experiments.
The International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture has been presented every sec-ond year since 2004 and has developed into a truly global event attracting a growing num-ber of students from schools of architecture worldwide.
“Light of Tomorrow” is the overall Award theme calling for entries exploring for instance:

• Concepts with focus on the power of the sun as a natural source of light and energy
• The contribution of daylight to high visual quality and an interior environment supporting people’s lives and living conditions
• The opportunities and challenges offered by daylight in the retrofit of existing buildings and city structures. How to use daylight to transform homes, workplaces and public spaces into healthier and more sustainably built environments
• How architecture and daylight can stimulate the interaction between space and people
• Daylight in relation to human health and well-being
• Abstract concepts like daylight and matter, brightness and darkness, sunlight and moonlight, day vs. night, in vs. out etc.

The Award is not restricted to the use of VELUX products.

The Award is open to any registered student of architecture – individual or team – from all over the world. Every student or student team must be backed and granted submission by a teacher from a school of architecture.

The jury comprises internationally renowned architects, practitioners and teachers, all ap-pointed in close collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA). The jury for the International VELUX Award 2014 will be announced later this year.

The total prize money is 30,000 Euro. The jury will award a number of prize winners and honourable mentions. All projects will be exhibited at iva.velux.com after the announcement of the winners at the Award event in October 2014.

The Award is organised in close cooperation with the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE). Highlights from the International VELUX Award 2012

• Number of entries: 983 entries from 59 countries; number of registrations: 3,262 from 79 countries

• Prize winners:
1st prize: Bo Li and Ge Men, China, studying in Switzerland
2nd prize: Jeewon Park, Nakyung Kim, Gimoon Park, Jiyoon Joung, Wongyu Yang, Republic of Korea
2 x 3rd prizes: Tao Cao and Qi Xu from China
and Anna Zagorec and Maciej Koslowski from Poland
Ten honourable mentions representing China, Belgium, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Denmark

• Jury members:
Brigitte Shim (Canada), Jury chairman
Peter Stutchbury (Australia)
Juan Miró (USA)
Per Arnold Andersen (Denmark), representing VELUX

Award event: Held at the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal, designed by the famous Por-tuguese architect Álvaro Siza, who was one of the first to congratulate the Award winners when he opened the Award ceremony and told the story of the legendary museum.
Álvaro Siza was also committed as jury member but had an unfortunate accident a few days before the jury meeting.

International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture images / information received 2 Sep 2013

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