October
20
LUMENET 2018 – WORKSHOP FOR PHD STUDENTS

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

LumeNet is a research methods workshop for PhD students of lighting, colour, daylight and related subjects.

Conferences usually want to hear about your important findings: LumeNet is a forum for discussing how you arrive at those conclusions, such as the experimental procedure you intend to use, how this might be improved, and to identify important issues worthy of study. You will therefore be invited to present your research in order to gain critical feedback – the schedule […]

CALL FOR PAPERS ON LIGHTING RESEARCH METHODS

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

Are you concerned that we need strong evidence for the effects of light to support application recommendations and standards? Do you have insight into the best ways—or new methods—to investigate the effects of light on people, plants, or animals?

Then, consider submitting a manuscript to the LEUKOS Special Issue on Lighting Research Methods.

LEUKOS is a source of solid research knowledge, and we want to see more of it. This special issue will promote exceptional research in applied lighting by collecting […]

October
19
VR EXPERIENCE – SDU FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

by the VELUX Group & C.F. Møller Architects

The Technical Faculty (Faculty of Engineering) is part of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, and constitutes a shared research and education environment for four different institutes.

Use the YouTube app on your mobile phone to watch the video in VR.

The building is designed as one big envelope consisting of 5 houses connected by bridges at multiple levels crossing the heart of the house, a “piece of furniture” containing common functions and meeting-rooms, […]

STEVEN HOLL INTERVIEW

posted by the VELUX Group | Image by Mark Heitoff

Steven Holl is one of the great contemporary architects. With a career spanning over 40 years, Holl has produced a body of work that has seen his consistent and considered approach to architecture develop into a unique signature style. Although this style is comprised of many different aspects, none is more synonymous than his unparalleled mastery over daylight.

In honor of Holl’s work, he was awarded The Daylight Award 2016 for Daylight in […]

RENOVATION: A VITAL STRATEGY TO BOOST GROWTH, IMPROVE HEALTH AND DELIVER ON OUR CLIMATE COMMITMENTS

by the VELUX Group

In his introduction, Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President, Energy Union European Commission) mentions that The Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 reminds us that buildings are intended to create a healthy home for citizens. But it is alarming to read that one out of six Europeans reports living in an unhealthy building.

The Barometer also shows that improvement of the building stock through renovation can have a major impact on our health and well-being, and it offers solutions to some of our […]

October
18
GREEN OASIS – OFFICE BUILDING IN HAELEN

Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks | Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks

Everyone was to profit when the mechanical engineering company Geelen Counterflow decided to expand its headquarters with a new office building in the industrial area of Haelen. Here, 50 new workstations were created for the office staff, the workers from the adjacent factory hall acquired new changing rooms and the workforce as a whole was given a new canteen. The emphasis in each case was on very high […]

WHERE IDEAS FLOURISH – STORAGE SHED CONVERSION IN TILBURG

Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks | Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks

The light-filled brick building near Tilburg Railway station, where employees of an IT company work and the “de Houtloods” restaurant caters for its guests, was originally erected as a storage shed for timber by the Dutch National Railway. For 150 years, it was closed to the public, as was the entire surrounding area. This did not change until a few years ago, when the city bought up the […]

RESURRECTED FROM THE RUINS – TERRACED HOUSES IN SESTO SAN GIOVANNI

Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks | Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks

Architects Gino Guarnieri and Roberto Mascazzini have erected a chameleonlike terrace of houses in Milan’s northeastern suburb of Sesto San Giovanni. Gabions cover the majority of the facades and roof whereas on the north and south sides of each home, a broad strip of copper sheeting stretches from the building’s base upwards beyond the gutter line. Windows seem almost entirely absent at first glance, with the exception of […]

October
16
HEALTH MATTERS: BEYOND INDOOR COMFORT

by Peter Holzer | Photography by Ola Bergengren | Set design by Iwa Herdensjö

For decades, our buildings have been designed for optimal thermal, acoustic and visual comfort. But does this make them healthier for our species, which, after all, has evolved outdoors for tens of thousands of generations? Taken seriously, the design of healthy buildings calls into question many established standards and parameters in building design, from indoor temperature levels to how much – and what kind of – light […]

SEEING LIGHT – UNDERSTANDING LIFE

by Jakob Schoof | Photography by Ola Bergengren | Set design by Iwa Herdensjö

It was around 1665 that Isaac Newton, then still a young student at Cambridge University, performed his first experiments with glass prisms and the sunlight entering his studio. Through his observations, he found not only that white is the sum of all colours, but also that a ray of white light can be broken down into its constituent components. Many natural phenomena, from the rainbow to the fact […]

October
04
DESIGNED FOR ALL SENSES: THE ARCHITECTURE OF STEVEN HOLL

by Jakob Schoof | Photography by Gregory Halpern | Watercolours by Steven Holl

In November 2016, Steven Holl received The Daylight Award for Daylight in Architecture. Holl’s ability to orchestrate rooms with light is unparalleled; the emotional intensity of his rooms and buildings is impressive. Their special quality arises from his method of working; he deliberately keeps his office small, prefers to draft his initial designs using a watercolour pad and gets his inspirations from music, philosophy and literature.

Expansion of the Museum […]

UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN RESPONSE TO DAYLIGHT

by Jakob Schoof | Photography by Rasmus Norlander

Marilyne Andersen is currently rated one of the world’s leading daylighting experts. Together with her research team at the EPFL in Lausanne, the physicist has devoted much of her work to studying how natural light affects humans and how this intensely dynamic interaction can be better incorporated into the designs of buildings. In November 2016, Marilyne Andersen received The Daylight Award for Daylight Research for her work in this field.

Daylighting design is an […]

ARCHITECTURE AS TEAMWORK

by Jakob Schoof

Architecture is created at the intersection of science and art. The closer the links between these two domains, the more likely it is that buildings will achieve a maximum for their users with just a minimum of resources. Yet who are the ‘builders of bridges’ between science and the art of building, and how do they approach their task? On the recommendation of Marilyne Andersen and Steven Holl, five experts from different disciplines talk about their experiences.

Suspended Light […]

September
15
KEY LEARNINGS ABOUT DAYLIGHT PERFORMANCE IN A DEMONSTRATION BUILDING AND POTENTIAL OUTCOMES

by Jens Christoffersen and Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group | Photography by Adam Mørk

It is well acknowledged that daylight is vital for human health, but do we see the quality of our homes as an important parameter to our own health? And do we know what are the potential benefits of having good daylight conditions at home?

This article presents findings on the effects of daylight in a demonstration building project, Maison Air et Lumière, located south of Paris in France. It […]

June
29
ENGAGEMENT AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING IN SCIENTIFIC FORUMS

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

With 90% of today’s buildings probably still in use by 2050 and 75% of Europe’s buildings being energy inefficient, the building sector is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters. Is this the whole problem? Unfortunately not.

Today, one out of six Europeans reports living in unhealthy buildings, characterised by damp, a lack of daylight, inadequate heating in winter or overheating problems during summer. That is why we are committed to find new ways of planning buildings […]

May
07
97 PHOTOS FROM 7TH VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM IN BERLIN

by VELUX Group

We have just published 97 fantastic photos from last week’s VELUX Daylight Symposium, a 2-day conference focused on the use of daylight to create buildings that promote human health and well-being with groundbreaking daylight research and generous lectures related to daylight in architecture by leading architect offices and researchers from Europe and the USA.

The symposium took place in the iconic Café Moskau in Berlin on 3-4 May under the theme “Healthy & climate friendly architecture – from knowledge to practice” and […]

May
04
LONE WIGGERS: LIVE KEYNOTE FROM THE 7th VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM

“Happy people in healthy architecture” by Lone Wiggers

Lone Wiggers (Denmark) architect maa and partner in C.F. Møller (since 1997), at present with a staff of approx. 325 employees divided between six departments in Aarhus, Aalborg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and London. She has taken part in a large number of projects with a broadness ranging from housing, domiciles, schools, senior institutions, hospitals, museums to planning and design. The projects have been conducted as sketching, project supervisor and design responsible partner. Recent […]

STEFAN BEHNISCH: LIVE KEYNOTE FROM THE 7th VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM

“Daylight as a qualitative aspect and driving element in developing architecture” by Stefan Behnisch

Stefan Behnisch (Germany), Behnisch Architekten, is an award-winning architect and advocate of sustainable design. He studied philosophy, economics and architecture. Prior to establishing his own practice in 1989, he worked as an architect at Behnisch & Partner, the practice run by his father, Prof. Günter Behnisch. Since 2005, Stefan Behnisch’s firm, Behnisch Architekten, opened offices in Los Angeles (1999-2011), Boston and Munich. In 2007, he received a Global […]

OMAR GANDHI : LIVE KEYNOTE FROM THE 7th VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM

“Using natural light as a tool for creating a strong architectural narrative” by Omar Gandhi

Omar Gandhi (Canada), Omar Gandhi Architect, will share his keynote live from the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium in Berlin. Omar Gandhi is recognized as one of the world’s top 20 young architects by Wallpaper* Magazine, one of Canada’s 20 most influential people by Monocle Magazine, and as one of 2016’s ‘Emerging Voices’ by The Architectural League of New York, the sessional instructor at his Alma Mater, […]

ANNE LACATON: LIVE KEYNOTE FROM THE 7th VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM

“Freedom of use” by Anne Lacaton

Anne Lacaton (France) is an award-winning architect and part of the duo Lacaton & Vassal, having made reuse of existing materials and integration of daylighting in standard construction their signature architecture and adding a social dimension to architectural design. See more on The Daylight Site.

May
03
WATCH LIVE KEYNOTES FROM THE 7TH DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM

By the VELUX Group

Four keynote presentations by critically acclaimed architects will be live-streamed from the international forum for daylight and architecture, the Daylight Symposium, to be held for the 7th time, 3-4 May 2017.

Watch LIVE here starting 4 May, 9:10 AM CEST:

This year, the Daylight Symposium features leading international architects who will share ideas, experiences and viewpoints on how daylight matters in architecture.

Here is the LIVE broadcast schedule:

3 May, 9:20 AM CEST

“Daylight as a qualitative aspect and driving element in […]

May
01
WHY IS EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN SO IMPORTANT IN MODERN ARCHITECTURE?

By Kathrine Westermann

Creating the buildings of tomorrow is an immense responsibility. Today, our schools, hospitals and living spaces must provide optimal conditions that support health and productivity. But how can architects meet increasing demands while delivering environments for high performing individuals and human health?

Evidence-based design, which implements modern research results on the wellbeing effects on humans, into the creation of space, is at the heart of Lone Wiggers’ architecture.

Having worked as an architect for 27 years and as partner in […]

April
19
4th VELUX DAYLIGHT ACADEMIC FORUM DEDICATED TO PhD STUDENTS WORKING WITH DAYLIGHT RESEARCH

by Shaun Weston Nystrom, VELUX Group

The VELUX Daylight Academic Forum is a unique and exclusive event which is held every 2 years and is dedicated to PhD students working with daylight research. This year, 23 PhD students from 10 countries will meet to share their current research projects with a panel of other fellow PhD students and a panel of leading scientific experts from around the world.

The Academic Forum is held in connection with the biennial VELUX Daylight Symposium. The aim […]

April
12
7th VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

We are pleased to present the official programme and 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 […]

Photography-by-Torben-Eskerod_DA-Magazine-issue-16 THE SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF ARCHITECTURE

by Shaun Weston Nystrom

Buildings are beautiful when you feel well in them. With proven abilities to revitalize and energize, focusing on space and daylight in growing urban environments has never been so important. How can we re-imagine aging structures and develop healthy functional communities?

The spaces we live in can create possibilities for healthy and productive lifestyles. By increasing our freedom to move and grow, architects have the tools to create a vital escape, beyond the functional, for occupants. “Designing architecture […]

Society for Light Treatment & Biological Rhythms 29th Annual Meeting on 23-25 June 2017
March
29
DAYLIGHT DEFICIT IN MODERN SOCIETIES

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 […]

DAYLIGHTING OF HERITAGE SPACES: BALANCING ACCESS AND CONSERVATION

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 […]

February
24
DAYLIGHT IN THE GREEN SOLUTION HOUSE

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 […]

DAYLIGHT MAPPING PLANET EARTH

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 […]

DAYLIGHT IN GREEN LIGHTHOUSE

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 […]

February
17
LIGHT AND LIFE FROM THE SUN

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 […]

LIGHT OR DARK

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 […]

February
13
EYES ONTO THE WORLD

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. […]

LIST OF CONFIRMED SPEAKERS AND SCHEDULE FOR THE 7TH VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM

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 […]

February
06
VELUX DAYLIGHT ACADEMIC FORUM – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 17 FEBRUARY 2017

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, […]

LIGHT AND MATERIALS

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 […]

January
30
ARCHITECTURE FOR THE SENSES

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 […]

January
27
WAYS INTO THE LIGHT

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 − […]

ENERGIZING WITH LIGHT

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. […]

January
23
ARCHITECTURE FOR WELL-BEING AND HEALTH

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 […]