Studio Roosegaarde

About Us

About Us

Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab of Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde. Together with his team of designers and engineers Roosegaarde creates landscapes of the future for a better world. The studio connects people, technology and space to improve daily life in urban environments and spark imagination.

Internationally acclaimed works include WATERLICHT (a virtual flood which shows the power of water), SMOG FREE PROJECT (the largest outdoor air purifier which turns smog into jewellery), SMART HIGHWAY (roads that charge throughout the day and glow at night) and the recent SPACE WASTE LAB (visualising and upcycling space waste).

Roosegaarde’s mantra 'Schoonheid’ is a Dutch word which has two meanings: ‘beauty’ and ‘clean’ as in clean air, clean energy and clean water. For Roosegaarde this should be a fundamental condition in daily life.

Studio Roosegaarde is located in a former glass factory in the harbour of Rotterdam NL, also known as the Dream Factory. Here new innovations are developed into smart prototypes for the landscapes of tomorrow. It has a vast experience in public space commissions for the cities of Rotterdam, Beijing, Paris, Eindhoven and Stockholm.

The Studio also initiates own projects to research new social innovations in collaboration with universities and NASA, and has a pop-up studio in Shanghai, China.

Roosegaarde has exhibited at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Design Museum in London, Tate Modern, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Google Zeitgeist and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and won numerous international innovation awards such as the Media Architecture Award 2018.


Documentary "32 KM" about Studio Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space.

Roosegaarde has been driven by nature's gifts like light emitting fireflies and jellyfish since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic works such as SMOG FREE PROJECT (the largest outdoor air purifier which turns smog into jewellery) and VAN GOGH PATH (bicycle path which glows at night). 

Daan Roosegaarde has been selected by Forbes, WIRED and Good 100 as a creative change maker and is Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. He is also currently advisor for Design Singapore Council, ambassador of the Science Weekend, visiting professor at Tongji University Shanghai, and member of the NASA Innovation team.

Roosegaarde studied Fine Arts and graduated from The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam with a Master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future.

Roosegaarde has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Beijing Media Architecture Award 2018, Design Project of the Year Dezeen Award, London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, DFA Gold and Grand Award Hong Kong, LIT 2017 Lighting Designer of the Year Award, Platinum A'Design Award 2017, D&AD Awards 2017, Core77 Design Awards 2017, Dutch Artist of the Year 2016, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China's Most Successful Design Award. He exhibited at the Design Museum London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum, and various public spaces across the globe.

Through lectures across the world Daan frequently shares his visionary ideas and projects, including at TED and NASA.


Daan Roosegaarde_Profile_with CRYSTAL
Daan Roosegaarde_Profile_with CRYSTAL

Daan Roosegaarde frequently gives lectures such as TED 2017

Team & Jobs

As a high-end international design firm, Studio Roosegaarde works with the best people to create an innovative working environment. Our studio is composed of a team of dedicated designers, projectmanagers, engineers, and experts.

Designer in Residence (DiR) is a 3 to 6 month apprentice programme for an experienced designer who works on our projects with the head of Design.

Design, Management, and Communication internships or jobs are available. Studio Roosegaarde is currently seeking a public relations and studio manager to join our growing team in Rotterdam.

All requests can be send with a detailed CV + portfolio to

Studio Roosegaarde thanks the following people for their contribution:

Design &
Chris Kievid
Erik Swaagstra
Jord Alma
Job Althof
Philippe van Aerde
Gabriele Aroni
Daniel Boda
Tiddo Bakker
Ruud Bijnen
Liza Blummel
Bertram de Boer
Sander Boer
Bart Bouwman
Sebastiaan Bouwmeester
Leendert Brak
Rik Burger
João Carneiro
Stan Claus
Bruce Ferwerda
Natanael Gama
Katie Gaudion
Liam Gilbertson
Kelvin Godee
Fanny Gonzalez
Ward Groutars
Yorick Groot
Amber van Hauwermeiren
Pim Hendriksen
Nora Louise Hoekstra
Bart den Hollander
Koen Hoofd
Thomas Huster
Corniël Joosse
Erik Keijzer
Theo Knoester
Jelger Kroese
Thomas Kuiper
Bart Kuijper
André Maia
Peter de Man
Sabine Marcelis
Anna Kay Mastenbroek
Milou van Min
Ricardo Pluijmers
Mafalda Rangel
Emil Salomé
Mark Schouten
Rocky Schouten
Tessa Steenkamp
Boaz Stolk
Jop Struik
Ruben Thier
Pepijn Thissen
Simon Tretter
Pim Vellenga
Tom Vens
Lars van Vianen
Teun Vinken
Kimmo Virtanen
John Vlaming
Pepijn Vrielink
Iris van der Wal
Jolan van der Wiel
Lara Vlasman
Tim Lin
Thijs Res
Management &
Robert Bolwerk
Marieke Müller
Hanne Lemson-Niessen
Paul van den Berg
Jae Eun "Jane" Lee
Hannes Trooster
Martine Trouwborst
Niek Rietbergen
Annelies van Eenennaam
Mathijs Goorhuis
Sarah Schulten
Jamaica den Heijer
Charlotte de Mos
Lidi Brouwer
Nienke Dijkstra
Vivian Song
Stefanie Viering
Jie Xiang
Rosanne van der Putten
Loes Bruinenberg
Shang Shi
Dielian Dijkhoff


NASA, City of Rotterdam, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China, ESA, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment the Netherlands, China Central Government Ministry of Environment, TIME, Fortune, Wallpaper*, Rijkswaterstaat, Corning, Stichting Doen, Port of Rotterdam, Eindhoven University of Technology, Win World, Dutch District Water Board Rijn & IJssel, ING, Dutch District Water Board Flevoland, Nuit Blanche Paris, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, City of Lille, Netherlands Media Art Institute Amsterdam, CBK Rotterdam, Sydney Biennale, Scanlan & Theodore + others. For specific information please contact us via e-mail.