Daan Roosegaarde has always sought to explore the connections between art, people, technology and space. Alongside his design studio, the team work avidly to create some of the world's most beautiful and innovative ideas in architecture and travel. Here's a look at some of our favourite of their creations...
The sustainable dancefloor
Sustainable energy and technology have paired up a lot over the past 10 years, giving us new opportunities to really anchor energy in a more useful way for the planet. What better place to take energy from than one of the most energetic places in the whole world? Yes, the dancefloor.
This particular disco space, however, will make you look great, as the energy you emit as you dance, is harvested through the dance floor, lighting up, creating a circular pattern of energy without burning up exterior sources. As the website explains: "We believe sustainability is about doing more, instead of less. Via smart technologies a sensual and interactive environment is created in which dancers are engaged with the sustainable experience."
So, strike your best pose. It could really make a difference in the future.
Mood meeting points
The idea behind 'Marbles' is to give people a meeting point to remember, in the form of a landmark that responds to people's moods. The glowing shapes, which are fitted with LEDs, contain smart sensors which respond to human touch. Depending on the person's mood and the Marbles' colour, the lights within can detect whether someone is 'bored', or 'excited'. This celebration of light and emotion is one of Roosegarde's more artistic installations.
The flower building
The 'Lotus' is Studio Roosegarde's creation of a building made entirely of physical flowers. It stands in Lille, France, and serves as one of the running themes of Roosegarde's projects: nature, architecture, and human interraction.
The mysterious Lotus Dome is created with a rather odd blend of light sensitive flowers, which are made with thin layers of polyester film. Using these, the walls themselves become 'smart', and to human activity, much like the Marbles just above. For example, if a visitor draws near, the building notices the person's physical presence, and emits more light on their behalf. How thoughtful!
Once again, this older project from Studio Roosegarde, Flow' is based on reactionary responses – a 10m sculpture which emits electric wind through human behaviour. As the website explains: "By walking and interacting with the wall, visitors trigger an illusive landscape of transparent fields and artificial wind."
The installation is of course an art project, however celebrates the very real phenomenon of electrohydrodynamic thrust, (or 'ionic wind' if you don't want to get tongue tied) which is seen as a future alternative to traditional jet propulsion (for example, the way planes lift from the ground).
Anti smog technology
Smog has been a consistant worry for the environment since the 19th century, but now, technology truly has evolved to combat the air pollutant. Step forward The Smog Free Project, a series of designs by Daan Roosegarde to help rid towns and cities of these dangerous particles. Using the idea of "smog rings", the inventions can be placed in parks to help purify 1000m3 of polluted air.
Roosegarde are taking the innovations to Beijing to create a park of Smog Rings in the hope it will help China fight the ongoing issue. In fact, Beijing's smog problems have been so vast in the past ten years, the period has been nicknamed 'The Nuclear Winter'.
What's your favourite piece of art that could save the world?
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