van Aubel


Marjan van Aubel 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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© V8 Architects

© V8 Architects

© V8 Architects

The pavilion is designed by the consortium: V8 Architects, Kossmann.dejong, ExpoMobilia en Witteveen+Bos, in assignment of The Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs.

The pavilion is called The Dutch Biotope is a circular climate system where energy, water and food solutions are connected.
The panels are not only modulair, but also circular and made of organic materials, something that is unique when talking about solar panels.

The stained glass solar roof will give you the feeling as if you are standing in a gigantic modern church with its beautiful light reflections and different shades of colour.

The coloured panels are made of PET and are lightweight, which makes them easily transportable. The roof will get a second life after the Expo 2020 Dubai, therefore we designed and developed it in such a way that it is easily taken apart and can be re-used/assembled again

The graphic design is made with a coloured Moiré effect, the lines and patterns are interfering with each other which will create beautiful light reflections in the pavilion.

The Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus until October 2021.

Dutch Biotope

Marjan van Aubel Studio designed the solar roof of the Dutch pavilion for
The World Expo in Dubai in 2021


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.