van Aubel

An award-winning innovative solar design practice that brings solar energy into daily life.

The studio is creating lasting change through solar design, integrating solar power seamlessly into our environments such as in buildings and objects.

Most notable works are the Solar Roof of Netherlands Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, Sunne, Current Table and Power Plant.


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ICON magazine:

“Marjan van Aubel puts windows to work – Very 21rst century!”

Images by image by Wai Ming Ng, Amy Gwatkin and Sasa Stucin

Current window is a modern take of stained glass. Whilst the coloured panels of glass perform their traditional role, they also generate electricity from daylight which can then be used to power appliances indoors.

The glass panels are made from dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC) which use the properties of colour to create an electrical current – a technique based on the process of photosynthesis in plants. Plug in your devices to charge using USB ports integrated into the window ledge; The larger the surface area, the more efficient this window will be as a power source.

Current Window

Winner of the WIRED Product Innovation Award 2016.

Created with thanks to the Stimuleringsfonds.

Studio Dialogue 3

Studio Dialogue 2

Studio Dialogue 1

Solar Democracy

Studio film Nieuwe Instituut


Foam China

Foaming expanding porcelain.

Foaming volcanic rock

This is an impression of a research trip to the island of Stromboli by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel.