Skylight and roof window manufacturer VELUX has opened the entry period for the International VELUX Award 2010, which challenges students of design and engineering to explore sunlight and the effects of daylighting through architecture. Held biennially, the competition is open to any registered student of architecture, individuals or teams, anywhere in the world.

The 2010 competition theme, "Light of Tomorrow," encourages students to consider the many ways sunlight serves as a resource, to develop a deeper understanding of its nature and uses, and ultimately to create a vision of daylight's future in the built environment. Use of VELUX products is not required, and the competition doesn't outline any specific categories. Entries may include projects or concepts:

  • that focus on sunlight as a natural resource for light and energy;
  • the contribution of daylight to high visual quality and living comfort;
  • the rethinking of daylight in urban living contexts;
  • the importance of sunlight and daylight for sustainable architecture;
  • abstract concepts such as daylight versus artificial light, day versus night, inside versus outside.

    Members of an international jury, to be announced later in 2009, will evaluate projects based on how they address the future; the level of experimentation and innovation; how technology is approached; the level of poetry, human conditions, and an inspiring architecture; the use of daylight as a premise for architecture; and the overall presentation of the concept.

    Interested students must register intent to enter before Feb. 1, 2010, and submit projects before May 3, 2010. A number of prizewinners and honorable mentions will be selected and announced in October 2010. Prize money totals 30,000 Euro. Entry information and forms are available at iva.velux.com.