The merging of different aspects of high quality architecture in sustainable building structures is the primary goal of teaching and research activities at the Department for Building and Environment at the Danube University Krems. Here daylight is a key component. To highlight the special importance of natural light on architectural qualities, the Department for Building and Environment announces the competition Daylight Spaces for the third time.
By unreflected design and unconsidered use of artificial lighting, daylight is neglected increasingly indoors – but it is available as a resource of high visual quality and is totally free of charge. Daylight-sensitive building design enables the use of the various positive qualities of natural light entries indoors. Therefore it is necessary to understand the connections between light and architecture.
The planning or discovery, observation, analysis and evaluation of daylight-sensitive building qualities is the topic of the competition Daylight Spaces and ought to contribute to the awareness of designing with daylight. Examples with highest demands on light quality can be shown as well as daylight-sensitive everyday architecture.
To enter or nominate work for Daylight Spaces 2012 you must register before 27 January 2012, while submission of work must take place by 3 February 2012. Projects that show an innovative use of daylight and highlight its influence on structures of architectural space can be submitted. The competition Daylight Spaces is aimed at architects, artists, planners as well as students dealing with construction-related tasks. The merging of high quality architecture in sustainable building structures should be the primary goal of the projects. A key component is the skillful use of natural light. Aspects that can be considered are e.g. planning according to and with the course of the sun, light penetration or light guidance. The participation offers the chance for students and professionals to gain and exchange experiences in developing new building strategies during a one month study visit in Krems/Austria.