The International VELUX Award 2008 is Open

    - The International VELUX Award Challenges Students of Architecture
      Worldwide to Work With Daylight in Architecture Under the Theme "Light
      of Tomorrow".

    HORSHOLM, Denmark, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The International VELUX Award 2008
opens for registration on 1 October and encourages students of architecture
worldwide to work with daylight in architecture.
    - Our vision is to promote daylight, fresh air and quality of life. The
Award wants to encourage and challenge students of architecture to explore the
theme of sunlight and daylight in its widest sense to create a deeper
understanding of this specific and ever-relevant source of light and energy.
All student projects will be evaluated by a jury consisting of recognized
architects who represent different perspectives on architecture and daylight
as well as different geographies, says Project Manager Lone Feifer.
    The Award contains no specific categories, no requirements to the use of
any specific materials or VELUX products. Projects may include everything from
building design to the rethinking of daylight in urban living contexts or more
abstract concepts. Projects may focus on e.g. aesthetics, functionality,
sustainability or the interaction between buildings and the environment.

    Close cooperation between students and teachers

    The Award recognizes students of architecture as well as their teachers.
Student projects must be backed by a teacher from a school of architecture,
and winning students as well as their teachers are awarded as a winning team.
    The total prize money of the Award is 30,000 Euros. The winners will be
announced and celebrated at an Award event scheduled to take place in November
2008 in Europe.

    Building relationships

    The Award is an essential element in the VELUX strategy to focus on the
qualitative aspects of natural light in buildings and to strengthen the
relevance of the company's products. The International VELUX Award takes place
every second year and is part of the continuous VELUX effort to establish
close relations with building professionals - not least architects and
educational institutions.
    - We seek an open-minded dialogue on the light of tomorrow with
experimental approaches and free thinking. In 2006, the Award received
557 projects from 53 countries - which was a doubling of entries compared to
2004. The fact that so many students chose to participate and that the jury
awarded 20 winners from 12 different countries underlines the worldwide
relevance of the discussion of daylight and architecture, says Project Manager
Lone Feifer.
    The award is organized in cooperation with the International Union of
Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education
    Students must register their intention to participate before 8 March 2008
and submit their projects before 8 May 2008. More information and current
updates can be found at

    About The VELUX Group

    VELUX creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air
through the roof. Our product programme contains a wide range of roof windows
and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. In addition, VELUX offers
many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation
products, products for remote control and thermal solar panels for
installation in roofs. VELUX, which has manufacturing companies in
10 countries and sales companies in more than 40 countries, is one of the
strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are
sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has around 9,500 employees
and is owned by VKR Holding A/S. VKR Holding A/S is a limited company wholly
owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit

For further information:

For further information: Corporate Communication Manager, Lone
Ellersgaard, VELUX A/S, Horsholm, +45-45-16-48-18,

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