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Daylight Spaces 2010 – International Architectural and Design Competition

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. A key component is the skillful use of natural light.

The competition “Daylight Spaces” provides a platform upon which to raise awareness of planning with natural light.

The prizes are two Artist in Residence study visits for one month each in 2011 in Krems.


Submitted projects and design concepts should show a sensitive, unusual, new or unexpected use of natural light and highlight its influence on structures of architectural space. Sustainability, design quality, user needs and positive effects on the environment should also be considered. Both realized projects and realizable design concepts can be submitted to the competition.


The prizes are two Artist in Residence study visits for one month each in 2011 in Krems.

The organization AIR artists-in-residence, and ORTE, the architecture network of Lower Austria, are providing the prizes which include:

  • Accommodation in studio apartments of AIR artist-in-residence Krems in close proximity to the town of Krems, the historic village of Stein and the Danube University.
  • €1000 grant for each study visitor, sponsored by AIR artist-in-residence.
  • Travel costs from the winners’ residences to Krems and back. Provided by Velux Austria and Eckelt Glas.
  • The opportunity to use the lightlab of the Department for Building and Environment at Danube University Krems throughout the month’s visit.


  • “Daylight Spaces” is aimed at architects, artists and other professionals dealing with construction-related tasks, as well as advanced students from around the world.
  • Entries should be the work of individuals and not companies, institutions or similar.
  • The copyright of the submitted projects and concepts remains with the participants. Images of entries and abstracts from entries submitted to the competition may however be published and reproduced by the competition organizers.

How to enter?

Submit your applications to or send them to the address below.

Danube University Krems
Department for Building and Environment
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
A-3500 Krems

A poster presentation of max. 5 A1 posters (594x841mm) is to be submitted. The handling of daylight is to be shown clearly using plans, photos, illustrations, textual explanations etc.

  • There are no specifications about the exactness of detail or number of illustrations.
  • The poster presentation should be submitted on paper as well as digitally (pdf) on CD.
  • Participants are free to choose further forms of illustration (models, videoclips, etc.) and to add them to the presentation.