By Kathrine Westermann
Daylight is vital to our long-term health and wellbeing. Yet, our modern way of living challenges our daily access to daylight and connection to nature. So what role is left for architects and planners when we are trailing out of sync with natural lighting cycles?
For many, the daily cycle during the work week leaves little time for fresh air and outdoor light exposure.
We get up early in the morning, race to work, spend 8 to 10 hours inside […]
Posted by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group
Research into the distribution of natural light and its level of exposure in historic buildings has been carried out by Loughborough University on behalf of the National Trust. John Mardaljevic, Professor of Building Daylight Modelling in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, has been using high dynamic range (HDR) imaging to measure where the natural light falls at different points throughout the day and over several months in the Smoking Room at Ickworth House near […]
by Milena Slipek
Green Solution House is a conference center and hotel located on the Island of Bornholm in Denmark. The building was created with a special focus on providing environmental-friendly solutions, based on local recyclable materials usage, renewable energy sources utilization and life-cycle considerations. At the same time, Green Solution House aims to provide a healthy indoor environment for the visitors, meaning that they can benefit from the high levels of daylight, temperature ranges and fresh air.
Perspective view of the […]
by Francesco Anselmo and John Mardaljevic
Our experience of the world is strongly determined by the amount and quality of daylight that we receive. Modern methods of daylight mapping can tell us fascinating stories about the availability of natural light in different parts of the world, and on the diverse factors – both natural and man-made – that influence it.
Astronomers and scientists have told us for some considerable time about the angle of the Earth’s axis to the sun, the direction […]
by Nicolas Roy, VELUX group
Model Home 2020 is an experiment launched by VELUX as part of our strategy to contribute actively to the development of future sustainable buildings. This is our vision for how daylight and fresh air can render buildings of the future climate-neutral while providing a good indoor climate and being attractive to reside in.
The project supports the ideas of the coming generation within building design – often called “active houses”. The purpose is to create a balance […]
by Richard Hobday
Kept to within reasonable limits, direct sunlight is the best thing that nature can do for our health. Some of its effects have been known for thousands of years. This makes it all the more astonishing that physicians and architects have long reacted to this knowledge with ignorance or rejection. And, all too often, this reaction remains unchanged.
Medical practice has often had a direct and very profound influence on the development of architecture; and nowhere is this more […]
by Craig Dykers
“Light allows us to understand our world by making things visible and by giving us an idea of space and time. Sunlight is a prerequisite for physical health, affecting our bodies through numerous non-visual pathways. The body and mind interacting with light is one of the sensory conditions that every architect has to contend with if the buildings we create are to foster well-being.”
Perhaps the study of light is the study of time. The sun is an ancestral […]
By Francesco Anselmo and John Mardaljevic
Throughout the centuries, anonymous builders from all parts of the world have increasingly fine-tuned their window designs to the context of climate and culture. Their creations offer a number of lessons to be learnt for contemporary buildings that aim to save energy and maximise the use of natural daylight.
Our impression of a building is largely defined by the detailing of the facade. Irrespective of the building size, our attention is immediately drawn to the windows. […]
We are pleased to announce the preliminary list of confirmed speakers for the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017.
Over two days, attendees will engage on the theme “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice” with presentations from leading researchers, as well as experiences and viewpoints from the engineering and architectural practice including policy makers. The symposium will focus on the use of daylight to create buildings that promote human health and well-being, and to […]
by VELUX GROUP
Register now for the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum on 2 May 2017 at Technische Universität Berlin. Through the Academic Forum, held in connection with the VELUX Daylight Symposium, PhD students can receive constructive feedback on their daylight research while establishing and strengthening their academic and professional network.
Each PhD attendee will receive a significant session devoted to their research including strategic discussions with senior researchers. These sessions focus on the aims and methods of research, instead of the results, […]
by Marietta Millet
Light and materials are inseparably connected, indeed they actually determine each other: neither is visible to the human eye until the two come together. For this reason, great architects have always also allowed themselves to be directed by the light in the choice of their building materials. They use light to draw out contrasts between different materials and they use materials that allow them to create a very specific distribution of light in a room.
Carlo Scarpa: Museo del […]
by Christina Augustesen
How can we design buildings that stimulate our senses, follow our human needs and allow us to live in balance with nature? Buildings, which combine the use of daylight and artificial light and use the “double dynamic” potential of controlling daylight and artificial light, might stimulate our senses and human needs, as well as enhance the feeling of living in balance with nature.
Christina Augustesen presenting “Architecture for the Senses” at the 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium in London.
The Sense […]
FACULTY BUILDING IN ODENSE
Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks
An entire university under one roof. This was the idea that guided architects Krohn & Hartvig Rasmussen in the 1970s when they created the campus of the University of Southern Denmark on the outskirts of Odense. The new Technical Faculty building, designed by C.F. Møller at the edge of the campus 40 years later, is based on similar principles. Measuring 110 × 65 metres – the size of a football pitch − […]
Photography by Adam Mørk
Architectural design, ecological aspirations and a high standard of education enter into a close symbiosis in the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg. For the young people who use it, the classrooms and corridors of the energy-efficient timber building offer plenty of room for movement and an abundant supply of daylight.
56 ‘daylight pyramids’ will illuminate future slam dunks
The secondary school in Klaus conceived by Dietrich | Untertrifaller set standards in this regard as long as 14 years ago. […]
By Koen Steemers | Photography by Thekla Ehling
To truly enhance human well-being, building design needs to move beyond optimising single parameters such as temperature and humidity, to more holistic approaches that take their cues in health-supporting human behaviours. Based on the Five Ways to Well-Being that have recently been established by scientists, this article outlines some essential rules of thumb that designers can follow in order to nudge building users into a healthier way of living.
Koen Steemers presenting “Architecture for […]
by Michael Pawlyn
Most people now accept the case for sustainability and many wonder how the debate will move forward over the next few decades. Some commentators have asserted that biomimicry will be one of the main design tools that facilitate the shift from the industrial age to the ecological age of mankind. This rapidly emerging discipline draws on a source of solutions that have benefited from a 3.8 billion year research and development period.
In this talk Michael Pawlyn will describe how […]
Interview by Shaun Weston Nystrom
Jens Christoffersen is the lead organizer of the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum and joined the VELUX Group in 2010, where he works in the Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate group (DEIC), Stakeholder Communications & Sustainability.
What is the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum and what does it offer PhD students?
For the 4th time, the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum will provide an opportunity for PhD students to receive constructive feedback on their daylight research while establishing and strengthening their […]
By Vellachi Ganesan | Photography by Thekla Ehling
“The most important benefit of daylight in buildings, in my perspective, is the connection of the inside to the outside. We are human beings, we are a part of nature, and we have been, in a very basic way, conditioned by natural light and the natural landscape. Daylight, as well as access to views outside, is an essential part of our health – biologically, psychologically and spiritually.”
Our relationship with light has been an important […]
By Jakob Schoof | Photography by Michael Nicholson
At first glance, the houses that Peter Stutchbury has designed throughout the 35 years of his career remind us of the modernist villas to be found elsewhere in the warm temperate climates of the world, such as in California or along the Mediterranean Coast. With their immaculate detailing and stripped-back construction, they may well seem like typical lifestyle choices of affluent, post-materialist, cultural elites. Yet Stutchbury’s architecture is, to a large extent, informed […]
by VELUX GROUP
Registration is now open for the main international forum for exchanging knowledge, viewpoints and visions on daylight – the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017.
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This year, attendees will interact with research, practice and policy under the theme, “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice.” The symposium will focus specifically on the use of daylight –to create buildings that promote human health and wellbeing, and secondly to minimize […]
by VELUX Group
Submit your abstract to the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, to be held at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017 under theme “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice.”
Join the dialogue at the internationally recognized meeting point for daylight research and practice. This year’s symposium invites presentations from researchers and experiences from the engineering and architectural practice as well as policy makers – to focus on the use of daylight to create buildings that promote […]
by Line Røseth Karlsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
The objective of this thesis was to facilitate an integrated building design process applicable to office buildings in Nordic climate with respect to thermal comfort, daylighting and energy use. The thesis is divided into three main parts.
Part I contains a literature review carried out to investigate if the present thermal comfort and daylight design practices constitute any obstacle for conducting an integrated design. Based on findings in the literature it was suggested that modelling of mean radiant temperature (MRT) should be […]
by the VELUX Group
The VELUX Daylight Academic Forum is held in connection with the biennial VELUX Daylight Symposium and provides PhD students with a unique opportunity to discuss their current research projects with a panel of fellow PhD students – supported by a panel of independent researchers – to get critical feedback at an early stage of a research project.
On 2 May 2017, we invite all PhD students working with daylight research to join the 4th VELUX Daylight Academic Forum […]
by the VELUX Group
The Daylight Award honours and supports daylight research and daylight in architecture. The award puts specific emphasis on the interrelation between theory and practice for the benefit of human health, well-being and for the environment.
Daylight has been the primary source of light in buildings and has been a vital part of architecture for centuries. Our bodies need daylight as they need food and water; daylight is a nutrient for our metabolic processes and we know that daylight […]
By Bernt Meerbeek, Philips Lighting Research, The Netherlands
People have a deeply rooted need to experience control. Today we are surrounded by intelligent systems that take decisions and perform actions for us. This can make life easier, but there is a risk that users experience less control and reject the system. The central question in this thesis is whether we can design intelligent systems that have a degree of autonomy, while users maintain a sense of control. We try to achieve this […]
by the VELUX Group
We are happy to announce the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, to be held at Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017.
The theme of the symposium will be, “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice”. It will focus specifically on the use of daylight – firstly to create buildings that promote human health and wellbeing, and secondly to minimize the negative impact of man-made structures and activities on climate change. It is crucial that we rethink the […]