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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The foaming wood process is a scientific approach to waste minimisation: From just one wooden table, seven new tables can be constructed.

Wood from one table is planed down into its constituent wood particles and recast. The wood is mixed with bio-resin to create a foaming chemical reaction which results in the material expanding to twice its size. The resulting shape of the new table reflects the vivacious behaviour of the material during the making process.

Table 1/7

Foaming Wood

Images taken by Wai Ming Ng


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.