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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Solar Futures: How to Design a Post-Fossil World with the Sun explores the future of solar energy.

Solar energy needs a new narrative – one that says goodbye to old perspectives and only talks about the efficiency and the payback time of blue solar panels. This publication illustrates what we need to know to transition from solar technology to solar design using everyday integrated aesthetic solutions.

The book is divided into three parts: the first part explains how we designed with the sun in the past, providing a visual timeline of the historical development of solar power. The second part discusses the present: Where are we now and what is solar design? It provides examples of innovative solar design in architecture, fashion, mobility and product design. Finally, the last part looks at the future and asks how we can ensure solar energy does not become the asbestos of the 21st century.

For this book Marjan van Aubel interviewed various experts from the field such as Paola Antonelli, MoMA, Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio, Lex Hoefsloot, founder of Lightyear, Marjan Minnesma, activist and many more.

ISBN 978-94-92852-65-6

Price € 39,95

Author Marjan van Aubel

Final editing Marjan van Aubel, Eleonoor Jap Sam

Additional text contributions Matylda Krzykowski, Sander Mann

Graphic design SJG (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Julie da Silva)

Printer Wilco Art Books

Number of pages 288

Book size 17 x 24 cm

Binding Hardcover

Language English

Release date September 2022

Publisher Jap Sam Books, and made possible with the support of Creative Fund NL, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Sandberg Institute.

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Solar Futures

How to Design a Post Fossil Future with the Sun

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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.