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
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, […]

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
05
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
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 […]

May
03
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 […]

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 […]

January
19
BIOMIMICRY IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

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 […]

INSIDE THE DAYLIGHT ACADEMIC FORUM WITH JENS CHRISTOFFERSEN

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 […]

January
16
DAYLIGHT – A PERSPECTIVE

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 […]

January
12
EDUCATED BY NATURE

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 […]

January
06
REGISTER FOR THE 7TH VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM IN BERLIN 3-4 MAY 2017

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.

Click here to register

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 […]

November
25
CALL FOR PAPERS – 7TH VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM: DEADLINE 30 NOVEMBER 2016

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 […]