Steven Holl Awarded 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture

September 13, 2016 – Steven Holl has been awarded the 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture, presented by the non-profit, private charitable foundations Villum Fonden, Velux Fonden, and Velux Stiftung, established by Villum Kann Rasmussen. This year’s laureates of the Daylight Award, Steven Holl and Marilyne Andersen, will be honored at an Awards Ceremony in Copenhagen on November 2.

The Award honors architects who have distinguished themselves by realizing architecture or creating urban environments that showcase unique use of daylight, for the benefit of overall quality of life, its impact on human health, well-being and performance, and its value to society. The award puts specific emphasis on the interrelation between theory and practice.

The jury cited Holl’s “continuous and inspiring work in highlighting space and light in his architecture, creating experiential and emotive architecture with a strong focus on the human experience.”

“I am deeply honored to have been selected as the laureate for Daylight in Architecture,” said Holl. “Space is oblivion without light. A building speaks through the silence of perception orchestrated by light. Luminosity is as integral to its spatial experience as porosity is integral to urban experience.”

The 2016 laureate of the Award for Daylight Research is Marilyne Andersen, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

Past recipients of the award include a.o. Jørn Utzon, Henning Larsen, Bob Gysin, Richard Perez, Peter Zumthor, James Carpenter, Lacaton & Vassal, Gigon & Guyer and SANAA

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