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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Foam China is a new patented porcelain material that expands to more than 300% of its original volume. Just like bread, the foam literally rises in the kiln, meaning you need just one third of the material. Its open structure makes the material very lightweight. This new porcelain has unusual properties, for example it is semi-translucent, buoyant, and is waterproof. This material has the capabilities of producing lightweight objects that can be used in a similar way to china. It has a wide range of potential, from architectural materials such as bricks and tiles to insulations or to tableware.



Foaming expanding porcelain.

Foam China


Solar Futures

The Solar Biennale

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.