Daan Roosegaarde

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Daan Roosegaarde
Roosegaarde in 2016
Born1979 (age 41–42)
Nieuwkoop, Netherlands
Educationart, architecture
Notable work
Smog Free Project, Icoon Afsluitdijk, Beyond, Waterlicht, Smart Highway, Dune, Sustainable Dance Floor
AwardsLondon Design Innovation Medal

Daan Roosegaarde (born 1979) is a Dutch artist and founder of Studio Roosegaarde, which develops projects that merge technology and art in urban environments.

Early life and education[edit]

Roosegaarde was born in 1979 in Nieuwkoop in the Netherlands. He studied at the Institute for the Arts in Arnhem (1997–1999), the Academy of Fine Arts in Enschede (2001–2003), and the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (2003–2005).[1] He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007 in the Netherlands and later opened a "pop-up" studio in Shanghai, China.[2]

Design works and projects[edit]

Roosegaarde's projects often employ light and sensing technology in an interactive manner.

  • Icoon Afsluitdijk is an environmental art installation on a 32-kilometre dyke the Afsluitdijk[3] as part of a government-sponsored renovation program of that structure.[3] It comprises three features, called Gates of Light, Windvogel and Glowing Nature.[3]
  • Gates of Light: Is an example of a futuristic and energy neutral landscape, and includes restored floodgates fitted with prisms that reflect light from vehicle headlights.[4] If there are no cars, the structures don’t light up.[4]
  • Windvogel: Smart kites that create green energy as they twist in the wind through a dynamo generator attached at the base.[5] The string of the kites are luminous, so they glow in the dark.[5]
  • Glowing Nature: Features live bioluminescent algae; single-celled organisms that emit light when touched.[5] They can offer inspiration for light or energy solutions for the future.[5]
  • Smog Free Project uses a 7-metre (23 ft) smog tower to filter pollution—processing 30,000 cubic metres per hour (39,000 cuyd/h) of air, using 1,400 Watts of power—and collect the impurities to be converted into jewelry.[6] A related concept mounts filters on bicycles to collect air impurities, as each bicycle travels.[7] The studio promotes these project elements as Smog Free Tower, Smog Free Jewelry and Smog Free Bicycle, respectively.[7]
Closeup of a garment made with Intimacy variable-opacity material
  • Intimacy was a project to design garments that reacted to changes in heat produced by people present or from the environment by changing the opacity of their "e-foil" material, based on sensor input. The e-foil material was produced in black and white versions.[8][9]
  • Smart Highway is a collaboration with the Heijmans infrastructure group to use light, energy and information that interacts with traffic on roadways. It includes the Van Gogh Path—a 600-metre (2,000 ft) cycle path between Nuenen and Eindhoven, which uses embedded lights that twinkle to evoke Vincent Van Gogh's painting, The Starry Night.[12]
  • Lotus 7.0 is an interactive wall lighting project, premiered in Paris.[13][2]

The work from his Studio Roosegaarde has been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum,[14] and the Design Museum in London.[15] Roosegaarde won the London Design Innovation medal in 2016.[16]



  • Adele Chong, Timo de Rijk, Daan Roosegaarde: Interactive Landscapes, nai010, Rotterdam, 2011. ISBN 978-9056627546
  • Carol Becker, Nico Daswani, Fumio Nanjo, Daan Roosegaarde, Phaidon, London, 2019. ISBN 978-0714878324


  1. ^ "Daan Roosegaarde — Syracuse Architecture". soa.syr.edu. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Chong, Adele; Roosegaarde, Daan; de Rijk, Timo (2011). Daan Roosegaarde: Interactive Landscapes. Netherlands: NAi Uitgevers. p. 156. ISBN 978-9056627546.
  3. ^ a b c "While America Denies Climate Change, The Dutch Are Making Art About It". Fast Company. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Iconic Dutch dike renovation opens with energy-generating kites that can power 200 homes". Inhabitat. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Restored floodgates by Studio Roosegaarde reflect the headlights of passing cars". Dezeen. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ "World's largest air purifier takes on China's smog". CNN. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Daan Roosegaarde's Smog Free Bike would generate clean air as you pedal". Dezeen. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Studio Roosegaarde – Intimacy Dresses". Design Boom. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Smart E-Foil Dress Intimacy 2.0 Leaves Little to the Imagination". International Business Times. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  10. ^ Stinson, Liz. "The World's Biggest Lenticular Print Will Make You Go 'Whoa'". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  11. ^ Howarth, Dan (11 December 2014). "Daan Roosegaarde lights up Amsterdam station with rainbow projection". De Zeen. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Bike path inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' opens in Netherlands". CNN. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2017.CNN Starry Night Bike Path
  13. ^ "Daan Roosegaarde "Lotus 7.0" | Le Cube – Centre de création numérique". lecube.com. 24 September 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  14. ^ "The luminous techno poetry of Daan Roosegaarde". AKI Academy of Art & Design. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  15. ^ Chambers, Tony (1 December 2016). "Tony Chambers on the Design Museum's new Kensington home". London Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  16. ^ Woollaston, Victoria (21 September 2016). "Design Innovation Medal at London's Design Festival". Wired. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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