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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architecture and image credits: Marieke Spits

Is a building broken when it doesn’t produce its own energy? By 2040 all governmental buildings in the Netherlands need to be circular and carbon neutral. How will those buildings function and look like?
This proposal for the Dutch Ministry of Finance in The Hague investigates how solar energy can be integrated aesthetically and circular. The building will function as a testcase and example for other governmental buildings.
By looking at natura phenomena such as heliotrophy (a surface that follows the light) and new types of solar technologies, a complete new approach of harvesting energy arrises.
Organic and transparent solar cells or solar panels that can be printed in any colour colour and pattern. Now we no longer have to see solar technology purely a technology any longer, as circulair, fully integrated and as a true addition to the building.

Ministry of Finance

Young Innovator Program with Rijksvastgoed bedrijf


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.