Steven Holl has been awarded the 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture, which honors architects “who have distinguished themselves by realizing architecture or creating urban environments that showcase a 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.” Organized by non-profit, private charitable foundations Villum Fonden, Velux Fonden, and Velux Stiftung, the award puts specific emphasis on the interrelation of theory and practice. 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.
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