International VELUX Award 2012. Light of Tomorrow

Organizer: gta Exhibitions
Date: Tuesday, 26 February 2013 to Thursday, 4 April 2013 Mo-Fr 8 a.m.-10 p.m., closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Location: ARchENA, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich

Monday, 25 February 2013, 6 p.m.; Auditorium E3, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich

Daylight is attracting increasing interest as a natural alternative to electric lighting. Within architectural design, it has great potential as a response to both aesthetic and ecological aspirations. The “International VELUX Award” promotes the creative use of natural light sources. Every two years, it invites students of architecture from around the world to submit innovative ideas on the topic.
This year, the international jury awarded prizes to the four best projects from a total of over 900 candidates, with honourable mentions for a further ten. The first prize went to the duo Bo Li and Ge Men from the ETH Zurich. The design for their project, entitled “Resonance, Memory”, is an architectural memorial to a buried mountain village. Columns of acrylic glass break through the mountain of earth, marking out above ground the outlines of the village interred beneath. Simultaneously they allow daylight to enter the subterranean area, poetically evoking the private spaces inhabited by its former population. The second prize went to the project “The Mongolian dandelion seed, impregnated with light”. This technically innovative work by a team from Korea consists of a flexible form of accommodation for nomads that responds to the extreme conditions of the desert. The third prize was shared by two teams from China and Poland, with designs for interactive, combination walls and windows.
The exhibition at the ETH Zurich features both the award-winners and the runners-up.

An exhibition by VELUX Schweiz AG, Trimbach in collaboration with the Institute gta