Velux award for students of architecture

The transnational VELUX Group (it has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in around 40 countries) has launched the International VELUX Award 2012 to encourage and challenge students of architecture all over the world to explore daylight in architecture under the award theme ‘Light of Tomorrow’.

The International VELUX award encourages sustainable ideas and solutions for new buildings and the existing building stock in cities as well as in suburban residential areas. The award is looking for proposals that combine a clear energy strategy with a specific focus on the health and well-being of people living and working in the buildings. The 2012 award jury comprises four members, all of whom have taught, published and built across borders and share an interest in sustainable building combined with a deep respect for local environments and conditions.

“We are pleased to present a distinguished panel of jury members with different cultural backgrounds, nationalities and approaches to architecture. This will strengthen the integrity of the award,” said Andersen.The International VELUX award is organised in co-operation with the International Union of Architects and the European Association for Architectural Education. Deadline for registration for next year’s award is March 1, 2012, and projects have to be submitted by May 7, 2012.

In 2010, more than 2,300 students registered initially, and the three winning projects (from among 673 submitted projects) came from China, South Korea and the Netherlands.

Geetha Balachandran

Acron Developers launch project in Goa

Eugenia Evergreens is situated in the picture perfect village of Moira, Goa. Perched on a plateau and cascading down the slopes, the development encompasses 15 carefully conceived spacious villas spread over four acres of creative greenery, each with an inspirational view of the undulating countryside. The meandering river in the distance lends enchantment to the view and the occasional sighting of peacocks and local fauna is an added blessing.

Eugenia Evergreens is a place where every home-owner enjoys the sense of freedom and space one can only dream of in a crowded city.

Each villa in Eugenia Evergreens is designed for its’ own individual eco-friendly green rating by the Indian Green Building Council and comprises approximately 4,000 sq ft of built-up area on approx. 9,000 sq ft of private garden. Some villas have smaller gardens.

All the villa owners are entitled to privileges like home care, housekeeping and maintenance and pet care. The villa owners will also be benefited with chauffer driven limousine airport transfers.