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 Circle, the symbol of The Solar Biennale, is a five-meter high reflective sculpture traveling through Rotterdam alongside the activities of The Solar Biennale.

The reflecting installation is not to be missed with its diameter of five meters. Under its radiating light The Solar Biennale presents a diverse program that puts reflection at the core.  Find The Circle during The Solar Biennale at various locations.

  • 2 – 11 Sep, Het Nieuwe Instituut | Rotterdam
  • 12 – 18 Sep, Noordplein | Rotterdam
  • 19 Sep – 2 Oct, Erasmusbrug (foot, north side) | Rotterdam
  • 3 – 10 Oct, Prins Alexanderplein | Rotterdam
  • 11 – 19 Oct, Middellandplein | Rotterdam
  • 20 – 30 Oct, Ketelhuisplein, as part of DDW | Eindhoven

The Circle

Symbol of The Solar Biennale


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.