Windvogel

Windvogel

Windvogel

WINDVOGEL are energy generating kites which produce green energy. Floating in the air with their green light emitting cables WINDVOGEL creates a play of light and new energy.

Winner of the Design Project of the Year and Lighting Design Dezeen Awards 2018.

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, and can supply up to 200 households. 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. WINDVOGEL had its successful grand opening in the Netherlands for ICOON AFSLUITDIJK and is currently on tour across the world.

WINDVOGEL was launched as part of ICOON AFSLUITDIJK, the 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.

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 was exhibited on 17th of November 2017 until the 21st of January 2018 nearby Den Oever on the Afsluitdijk. It is travelling around the world and new designs including permanent versions are being developed. The documentary 32 KM follows Daan Roosegaarde and his team in the making of this project.

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

Clients:

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, 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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Winner of two Dezeen design awards
Winner of two Dezeen design awards
Windvogel by Studio Roosegaarde wins the Design Project of the Year. The light-emitting, energy-generating kites also topped the lighting design category at Tate Modern London. The design master jury described the project as "an innovative, emotional and functional design response to the universal dilemma of sustainability, and energy usage in particular". Read more at Dezeen.
Winner of Design Project of the Year
Winner of Design Project of the Year
Lecture Wired Live at Tate Modern London 1 November
Lecture Wired Live at Tate Modern London 1 November