February
21
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
20
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 […]

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 […]

February
15
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
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
09
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. […]

February
06
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 […]

February
01
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, […]

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 − […]

January
25
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
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
18
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 […]

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.

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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 […]

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 […]

November
07
DESIGN METHODOLOGY AND CRITERIA FOR DAYLIGHT AND THERMAL COMFORT IN NEARLYZERO ENERGY OFFICE BUILDINGS IN NORDIC CLIMATE

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 […]

October
06
3 WAYS THE VELUX DAYLIGHT ACADEMIC FORUM CAN IMPROVE YOUR PhD RESEARCH

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 […]

September
12
AWARD HONOURS DAYLIGHT IN RESEARCH AND ARCHITECTURE: AND THE LAUREATES ARE…

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 […]

STUDIES ON USER CONTROL IN AMBIENT INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS

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 […]

July
18
7TH VELUX DAYLIGHT SYMPOSIUM IN BERLIN 3-4 MAY 2017

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 […]

May
31
DAYLIGHT AND INDOOR CLIMATE IN A RENOVATED DANISH SCHOOL

by Jens Christoffersen, Anna Karina Hammelev Hansen, Karsten Andersen, Peter Foldbjerg, Thorbjørn Færing Asmussen, VELUX Group

Good indoor climate should be a key component of school modernization projects to achieve significant energy savings, be environmentally responsible, and eventually have an influence on student attendance, impact on learning, and better overall facilities for students to learn and educators to work.

Endrup school is located north of Copenhagen in Denmark and renovated recently. The purpose of the renovation was to improve the indoor air quality […]