Windvogel

Windvogel

Icoon Afsluitdijk

ICOON AFSLUITDIJK is a design innovation program, commissioned by the Dutch Government, which enhances the innovative character of the legendary 32 kilometer Dutch dike whilst highlighting its key functions: water protection & heritage, energy and mobility as an exemplary model of a smart landscape for today and tomorrow.

Windvogel

WINDVOGEL are energy generating kites which have the potential to create up to 100 kW and can supply up to 200 households with green energy. Floating in the air, the smart kites move around and are connected with a cable to a ground station. This push and pull of the cable transforms into electricity, like the dynamo of a bicycle.

The project is a tribute to the Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels († 2014). Roosegaarde brings his dream to life, together with the spin-off of the TU Delft, and complements WINDVOGEL with a special designed fiber line crafted exclusively for WINDVOGEL. Whilst flying, Roosegaarde’s WINDVOGEL creates a visual symphony of dancing lines to celebrate the beauty and poetry of green energy.

The Afsluitdijk is the 32 kilometer long dike which protects the Netherlands against water and flooding. Built mostly by hand and realised in 1932 it is an engineering highlight of the Netherlands and a unique place in the world. After 85 years, the Afsluitdijk is now in need of a thorough renovation. The Dutch state with the surrounding municipalities and provinces have joined forces to lead an ambitious programme to protect the future of the dike. As part of the programme, Roosegaarde's ICOON AFSLUITDIJK enhances the iconic status of the Afsluitdijk with a layer of light and interaction. The three designs developed by Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers GATES OF LIGHT, WINDVOGEL and GLOWING NATURE form a model of a green landscape.

Specifications:

2017. Smart kites, 20 to 100 kW ground station and fiber lines.

WINDVOGEL can be viewed from the 17th of November 2017 until the 21st of January 2018, from 18:00 until 23:00 nearby Den Oever on the Afsluitdijk from your own car. After that it will travel to new exhibitions around the world.

Made in collaboration with Daan Roosegaarde and his Studio Roosegaarde, Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterstate, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk, Province of Friesland, Province of North Holland. Development Partners: Kitepower, Eurocarbon, Versalume.

Clients:

Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterstate, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Friesland, Province of North-Holland and De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Afsluitdijk, NL

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Press Release

Lecture at Polytechnic University Hong Kong
Lecture at Polytechnic University Hong Kong
Thursday 11 January 16.00 Daan Roosegaarde will give a lecture at Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. Get your free ticket here.
Windvogel live on Afsluitdijk
Windvogel live on Afsluitdijk
Icoon Afsluitdijk launched as a model for Dutch innovation
Icoon Afsluitdijk launched as a model for Dutch innovation
Icoon Afsluitdijk is now open with three new design innovation projects Gates of Light, Windvogel, and Glowing Nature to enhance the beauty of the 32 kilometer Afsluitdijk. Read our Press Release or visit the website Icoon Afsluitdijk with live updates for your own visit.