Daylight Award-documentaries celebrate daylight

The Daylight Award invites you to the premiere of a series of extraordinary documentaries about the 2020 laureates: architect Juha Leiviskä, neuroscientist Russell Foster and photographer and writer Henry Plummer on 2 September 2020 15:00 CET at


This year a global audience is invited to the virtual celebration of The Daylight Award laureates, three extraordinary professionals who have dedicated their lifelong careers to daylight investigation: Professor Russell Foster, director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford; the extraordinary Finnish architect and master of daylight Juha Leiviskä; and the American photographer and writer Henry Plummer, whose words and photographs are an inspiration in the study and practice of architecture worldwide.

Online premiere

The documentaries in English language will be premiered on Wednesday 2 September 2020, at 15:00 CET at the award website and available for viewing after the launch.

Four documentaries


The first film “Celebrating Daylight” includes a virtual presentation of the medals for the laureates presented by the chairs of the three VELUX Foundations; Jens Kann-Rasmussen, VILLUM Fonden, Hans Kann Rasmussen, VELUX Fonden and Lykke Ogstrup Lunde, VELUX Stiftung while three unique documentaries showcase the laureates and their achievements:

Vertical Daylight” - takes us through the work of Juha Leiviskä and his special way of integrating daylight in buildings that all reflect his strong personality, while experiencing some of his amazing works in Helsinki.

The Vital Daylight” – filmed in Russell Foster’s study in Oxford where he explains his research on the eye's ability to keep track of our circadian rhythm, using receptors unknown to us 20 years ago - a discovery with a wide-reaching impact.

The Architecture of Natural Light” – a film recreation of Henry Plummer’s iconic book “The Architecture of Natural Light”. His photography, along with his inspiring thoughts and observations represent the ultimate in architectural photography today.

Gertrud Marie Grabbert
Programme Coordinator, VILLUM FONDEN
+45 40 86 28 44