In November 2016 The Daylight Award of the VELUX Foundations was given to Steven Holl and Marilyne Andersen – for daylight in architecture and daylight research respectively.
The relationships between structure, material and light are at the core of Holl’s approach to architecture. The jury noted that he is known for his poetic idiom, manipulation of lighting, respect for materials and adapting his buildings to their local surroundings.
According to the jury, the award for daylight research went to Andersen because she is an outstanding scholar and teacher, as well as a diligent researcher who has demonstrated a talent for initiating and directing daylight research that affects research and architecture environments. Holl and Andersen are both known to spend a lot of time at universities, conveying their knowledge and skills to the coming generation of architects and researchers.
But how do the results of Marilyne Andersen’s research find their way into building design? And how can Steven Holl’s ingenious spatial concepts be shared in the future built reality?
The accumulated knowledge about the benefit of daylight for human beings and our best practises in this area needs to be shared and spread by bridging science and practice, and by sharing beyond professional disciplines if we are to change architecture and develop healthier buildings for people.