Paying tribute to daylight, the 2006 International Velux Award encourages students of architecture to discuss, simulate, and rethink daylight in a role in which it is not merely moderated by the architecture, but becomes a crucial primary aspect of the design. 'Light of Tomorrow,' the theme of this year's competition, encourages innovative projects demonstrating experimental thinking. Registration will remain open until February 10, with submissions due May 5.
No specific award categories have been established, but entries may focus on the contribution of daylight to high visual quality and interior comfort, adding quality to people's lives and living conditions; the rethinking of daylight in urban living contexts; the contribution of daylight to sustainable architecture; and on daylighting concepts.
Not limited to using Velux products, the students are free to explore the boundaries of visual quality, aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and the interaction of buildings with their environments. Entries will be evaluated by seven jurors representing seven countries, and up to 20 projects will be shortlisted for honorable mention or an award. All will split a total prize sum of 30,000 euro, as well as be invited to an award ceremony in Europe this October.
As an international manufacturer of roof windows and skylight systems, Velux believes that this competition strengthens the relevance of the company's products within architecture. By keeping up a constant dialogue with the building sector, not least the architects, a platform for dialogue with practicing professionals, as well as with future generations of architects, is established.
For more information about the competition and submission guidelines, visit