The Story Behind VELUX

Updated on Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

The extensive lifespan of VELUX goes back to the 1940s, when Danish civil engineer Villum Kann Rasmussen came up with an idea that would soon be transforming homes around the globe - and continues to do so to this day.

The VELUX brand

Rasmussen had a passion for creating better living environments for people, which led him to concoct an idea to help transform otherwise dark and dingy spaces into liveable areas flooded with natural light and fresh air. This was also in response to a shortage of living space in Denmark at the time, so Rasmussen saw an opportunity to convert unused attic space into affordable accommodation. The first VELUX window was installed in a Danish school, and from there this iconic company was born.

VELUX in the 1940s

VELUX in the 1940s - Rasmussen and an early VELUX window being made in the Østbirk factory; images via VELUX.com

In 1942, the first roof window designed by Rasmussen was patented. The VELUX name, now recognised around the world, was initially chosen to outline the key benefits of his windows: ‘VE’ stands for ventilation and ‘LUX’ is Latin for light. It didn’t take long for Villum and his team of engineers to begin transforming homes and buildings all over Europe and America.

VELUX today

Today, the VELUX Group still aims to create better living environments, letting daylight and fresh air in through the roof. The Group now has manufacturing companies in 11 countries, as well as sales companies in over 40 countries around the world, managing them from its headquarters in Denmark. With more than 10,000 employees, the VELUX Group has become one of the strongest brands in the building industry, and the leading international roof window manufacturer in the world. It has become so successful in fact, that VELUX has become a generic term for roof windows. Villum Kann Rasmussen would be proud.

VELUX in the 1960s

VELUX in the 1960s - An early advert for VLEUX windows; image via VELUX.com

These worldwide branches include the VELUX Company Ltd, which are the sales and marketing organisation that cover the UK and Ireland as part of the international VELUX Group. This local company was incorporated in the UK in 1954, and is now based out of a purpose-built head office and showroom in Glenrothes, Scotland. Fife Joinery manufactures as a sister brand to VELUX in the UK.

A passion for daylight

In the more than 70 years since Villum Kann Rasmussen first created his patented roof windows under the VELUX name the brand has expanded, now providing customers with an extensive product programme. This includes flat roof windows, sun tunnels, blinds and roller shutters and modular skylights for commercial buildings, spreading Rasmussen’s passion for providing a better quality of life in every home and building around the world.

VELUX in the 1970s

VELUX in the 1970s - VELUX window production in the early '70s in Gelsted, Denmark; image via VELUX.com

VELUX says that daylight cuts the energy used for lighting, and could save 15,000,000 tons of CO2 every year in Europe alone. The psychological benefits of well-lit spaces are common knowledge, and VELUX windows can help contribute to improved wellbeing in homes around the world. Just as Villum Kann Rasmussen had dreamed over 70 years ago.

VELUX in the naughties

VELUX in the 2010s - The VELUX Carbonlight House in Kettering; image via VELUX.com

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First Published on Friday, 29th May 2015