van Aubel


Marjan van Aubel (born 1985, the Netherlands) is an award-winning solar designer whose innovative practice spans the fields of sustainability, design and technology.  

As an energy pioneer, van Aubel works in collaboration with scientists, engineers and institutions to promote extreme efficiency through design


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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 building 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 and Rijksbouwmeester Floris Alkemade

Studio film Nieuwe Instituut

Power Plant

Research to the 21st Century greenhouse, using modern technologies.


At Caventou, we are redefining solar technology by rethinking our relationship with energy and the objects that use it.

Foam China

Foaming expanding porcelain

Foaming Wood

Foaming Wood is an investigation of wood shavings combined with a bioresin.

Both the Well Proven Collection and Table 1/7 resulted from this research.

Dye Sensitised Solar Cells

Foaming volcanic rock

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