International VELUX Award 2012 for Students of Architecture: Team from Switzerland Takes First Prize Among 983 Entries

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, October 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The excitement has peaked with the presentation of four winners and ten honourable mentions at the International VELUX Award 2012 event in Porto, Portugal. A team of two students of architecture from ETHZ in Zürich, Switzerland, takes first prize for their poetic project "resonance, memory".

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According to the winning students the conception of their project has been driven by a strong desire to move architecture beyond the physical world to arouse emotions.

- Nowadays, more and more architects are trying to think outside the box, but the Award theme is just the right topic to make us go back to the core of that box, says Bo Li, who developed the winning project together with his team mate Ge Men.

- The first prize project is impressive because it addresses three distinct scales very eloquently, very powerfully and in a more comprehensive manner than any of the other entries, says jury chairman Brigitte Shim in her motivation for the winning project.

A team of five students from the Inje University in Korea wins second prize, whereas two teams from Poland and China share the third prize. In addition to the four prize winning projects, the jury awards ten honourable mentions representing China (4 projects), Belgium (2 projects), Portugal (1 project), Spain (1 project), Romania (1 project) and Denmark (1 project).

All prize winners and honourable mentions have been decided unanimously among the jury. The jury found the range of themes represented in the 983 entries from 59 countries very powerful, raising questions about the role of light in architecture in many different ways.

The International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture takes place every second year, next time in 2014. Detailed information about the winners, photos, and graphics are available for download from the press section on

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