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Daylight Award 2020 Laureates
On the UNESCO International Day of Light, we announce the Daylight Award 2020 Laureates:
• Juha Leiviskä, Finland, The Daylight Award 2020 For Architecture
• Russell Foster, United Kingdom, The Daylight Award For Research
• Henry Plummer, United States, The Daylight Award For Lifetime Achievement
An international jury representing the highest level of expertise in the field of daylight research and daylight architecture, from scientific and architectural point of view, with members:
• James Carpenter, founder of the cross-disciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates, US
• Marilyne Andersen, professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies at EPFL, Switzerland
• Anne Lacaton, principal of Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France
• Aki Kawasaki, associate professor of Biology and Medicine , University of Lausanne, Ophthalmic Hospital Jules Gonin, Switzerland
• Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, writer, teacher and a lecturer, Finland
• Koen Steemers, professor of Sustainable Design, The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK
Juha Leiviskä, Finland, The Daylight Award 2020 For Architecture
Portrait from 1999, from the long-time office of Vilhelm Helander, Juha Leiviskä Architects:
image Courtesy of Juha Leiviskä Archive
Russell Foster, United Kingdom, The Daylight Award For Research
Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology head:
photo © Russell Foster
Henry Plummer, United States, The Daylight Award For Lifetime Achievement
Henry Plummer Photographer:
While laureate Russell Foster studies the science behind the effect of light on human behaviour and physical and mental wellbeing, laureates Juha Leiviskä and Henry Plummer approach the effects and implications of daylight intuitively through architectural design, photographic expression and verbal mediation of these human responses.
Whether elucidating the neural effects of light or invoking the poetic essence of light, the laureates of the 2020 Daylight Award demonstrate to us the power of natural light.
The Daylight Award honours and supports daylight research and daylight in architecture, for the benefit of human health, well-being and the environment. The award places specific emphasis on the interrelation between theory and practice.
The award is given as personal prizes, and each to the sum of €100,000.
Buildings by Juha Leiviskä
German Embassy, in Helsinki; designed and built 1986-93:
photo by Arno de la Chapelle
Church of the Good Shepherd (aka Pakila Church, as located in Pakila, Helsinki); 1997- 2003:
photo by Arno de la Chapelle
Myyrmäki Church, in Vantaa (near Helsinki), 1980-84:
Vallila Library, in Helsinki, 1979-84:
photo by Arno de la Chapelle
Photos by Henry Plummer
All photographs by Henry Plummer:
Bagsværd Church, Bagsværd, Denmark by Jorn Utzøn:
photo : Henry Plummer
Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France by Le Corbusier:
Männistö Church, Kuopio, Finland by Juha Leiviskä:
Monastery of Sainte Marie de la Tourette, Eveux-sur-Arbresle, France by Le Corbusier:
Santa Maria Church, Marco de Canavezes, Portugal by Alvaro Siza:
Thermal Baths, Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor:
Church of Light, Ibaraki, Japan by Tadao Ando:
Guerrero House, Zahora, Spain by Alberto Campo Baeza:
Tuskegee Chapel, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA by Paul Rudolph:
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16 Sep 2019
Daylight Award 2020
The Daylight Award 2020, the dual prize for research and architecture, is now open for nominations
Copenhagen, 2019 – The nominations for The Daylight Award 2020, are now open. The exciting opportunity for the global community of researchers and architects, to consider and nominate their fellow professionals, will stay open until 1st of November 2019.
Photos Alain Herzog
One name, two prizes
This dual prize is organised under the common name with the purpose of creating a closer correlation between the daylight research and architecture, emphasising the dependency of theory and practice and connecting the two worlds that can learn from each other and create better living conditions.
A daylight simulation of an atrium designed by Foggo Arch:
The nominations of the researchers working with daylight as one the key elements of nature, could come from the areas of natural science, human science or social science. The Daylight Award in Research will be given to an individual or a group of researches, whose work puts special emphasis on the effects of daylight on human health, well-being and performance.
The Daylight Award for Architecture is awarded to individuals or a group of architects whose projects showcase unique use of daylight. Special emphasis will be put on architecture that considers the overall quality of human life and its value to society.
Portrait of Hiroshi Sambuichi, Laureate of The Daylight Award 2018 for Daylight in Architecture
The previous laureates
Since 1980, The Daylight Award has been rewarded to a distinguished professionals from all over the world. From Danish architects Jørn Utzon and Henning Larsen, to Swiss architects Bob Gysin, Peter Zumthor,and Gigon & Guyer to Richard Perez and James Carpenter from USA, French Lacaton & Vassal, and Japanese Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) to name a few. Laureates for 2016 were Steven Holl from USA for his architecture and Marilyne Andersen from Switzerland for her research.
The Daylight Architecture Award 2018 winner – Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi:
Last year, 2018, The Daylight Architecture Award was rewarded to the Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi, author of a.o. Shizuki Castle House and Naoshima Hall in Japan. In pursuit of balance before developing the design, Sambuichi investigates the landscape’s seasonal climate and experiments with physical models on site over one to two years. The architecture thus emerges through these considerations. His works are rooted in the local environment and are manifestations of the skilful use of the moving powers of nature.
Air traffic control tower simulation by Greg Ward and Charles Ehrlich:
Greg Ward, the creator of the revolutionary software simulation programme, Radiance, is the laureate of The Daylight Award for his research in 2018. Ward has investigated the interaction of light and matter across a wide range of physical scales, from unique building materials with specialized optical properties, to the spatial definition of complex building interiors and facades, and to our urban and natural environments.
Radiance is widely applied in architecture, product design, horticulture, motion picture, health effects and medical research. It has also been utilized in unique situations such as assisting astronauts in training to work under the harsh lighting conditions in space.
The highly acclaimed jury for The Daylight Award, which will be in session in the beginning of 2020, evaluating the received nominations in both categories, consists of:
Marilyne Andersen, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL), Switzerland; laureate of The Daylight Award in 2016, Anne Lacaton, Principal of Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Paris, France; laureate of The Daylight Award in 2011 and winner of the EU Mies Award in 2019, Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect, writer, teacher and practicing architect, Aki Kawasaki, Associate Professor of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Ophthalmic Hospital Jules Gonin, Lausanne, Switzerland, Koen Steemers, Professor of Sustainable Design, Cambridge University, UK, and James Carpenter, Founder of James Carpenter Design Associates in New York, US, laureate of The Daylight Award in 2010.
Portrait of Greg Ward, Laureate of The Daylight Award 2018 for Daylight Research
The Daylight Award has been founded by the philanthropic foundations, VILLUM FONDEN, VELUX FONDEN and VELUX STIFTUNG. Such direction also demonstrates the consistency throughout the goals of all the companies within VKR Holding, owned by VILLUM FONDEN. Companies producing roof windows, vertical windows, and solar thermal energy solutions, sharing the common vision: daylight, fresh air and better environment.
The success of these companies has enabled the foundations to support a wide range of non-profit purposes, in scientific, social, cultural and environmental projects, such as The Daylight Award.
About The Daylight Award
The bi-annual prize honours and supports daylight research and daylight in architecture, for the benefit of human health, well-being and the environment. The award puts specific emphasis on the interrelation between theory and practice.
The prize is given every second year in two categories; Daylight Award for Research and Daylight Award for Architecture. The award is given as two personal prizes, and each to the sum of €100,000.
More about the award and the jury at www.thedaylightaward.com
Daylight Award 2020 images / information received 160919
Hanasaki House, Yokohama by MoNo
Daylight Spaces Competition
Competition “Daylight Spaces” raises awareness for the topic daylight – Nagashima interior:
photo : Nagashima and Partner, Architects, Yokohama
Daylight Spaces Competition
City Pool and Turkish Baths
Design: Napper Architects
image from architects
City Pool and Turkish Baths in Newcastle
Architecture Competitions – Selection from early 2010
Public Design Festival – duepercinque contest, Milan
Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial Inc. Contest, New Jersey, USA
Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial Competition
House of Oxymorons Competition, Poland
House of Oxymorons Contest
Zerofootprint and Re-Skinning Award, Canada
Building Re-Skinning Competition
Frederic Chopin Architectural Contest, Poland
Frederic Chopin House Competition
Music Studio Design Competition, Haiti
Music Studio Design Competition : Wyclef Jean’s charity Yéle Haiti
Building Competitions : Archive
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