A window on the world: The AR joins forces with Velux for the launch of their student architectural competition
The AR is partnering Velux in the 2014 International Velux Award for Students of Architecture. This highly regarded biennial award invites architecture students to explore and investigate daylight in architecture in its broadest sense, an increasingly relevant subject in the current era of ecological and economic crises. Now in its sixth cycle, the award is open to students from all over the world with a prize fund of 30,000 euros. In 2012, the jury chaired by Canadian architect Brigitte Shim selected Chinese students Bo Li and Ge Men from ETHZ in Switzerland as first-prize winners for their project ‘Resonance, Memory’.
The work is based on a hypothetical mudflow in the Swiss Alps where a tiny village is buried. The project employs columns of transparent thermoplastic planted into the earth as a metaphorical representation of the former village. Sunlight is transmitted through the columns into the subterranean space, where they illuminate a poetic memory of the architectural ensemble of the intimate former rooms in the buried houses. It touches three distinct scales very eloquently, and at the same time reanimates the memory of things once there.
‘We want to give students the possibility to experiment and work freely with daylight in architecture’, says Velux’s Per Arnold Andersen. ‘When looking through the thousands of entries we have received for the previous five awards, it’s clear that it has inspired the students to think about the future − to ask questions, to experiment and to explore.’
The deadline for entries is 2 May 2014 and the jury will be announced shortly.
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