Dune by Daan Roosegaarde
Photo: The Attention Company,


Angela van der Burght

In a world shifting between the analog and the digital, Studio Roosegaarde creates interactive designs that explore the dynamic relation between space, people, and technology. The studio develops its own technology and is internationally known for interactive projects such as Dune, Intimacy and Smart Highway. Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab of artist Daan Roosegaarde with his team of designers and engineers. By creating interactive designs that instinctively respond to sound and movement, Roosegaarde explores the dawn of a new nature that is evolving from technological innovations. Roosegaarde has been the focus of exhibitions at the Tate Modern, the National Museum in Tokyo, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and winner of INDEX: Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Media Architecture Award, TIM Award for Most Innovative Leader, and China's Most Successful Design Award. Studio Roosegaarde also has a strong experience with public space commissions for the City of Rotterdam, Singapore, Eindhoven and Stockholm. Studio Roosegaarde launched its second studio in Shanghai, CN.

Posted 4 September 2013

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde
wins INDEX: Award 2013 + People’s Choice Award

Thursday 29th August, Copenhagen Denmark.
This evening, in presence of the Crown Princess of Denmark and 2.000 guests from
around 35 countries, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde received the INDEX: Award 2013 Community for his innovative designs. The INDEX: Award 2013 is the biggest design award in the world including a prize of €100.000 and a touring exhibition. Roosegaarde also won the “People's Choice Award”, being the favorite of the INDEX audience.
The INDEX Award is the oscar of the design prices which wants to improve life by engaging with design for sustainable solutions. The jury is excited about Roosegaarde’s interactive and sustainable landscapes such as Smart Highway; creating roads which generate their own light, communication and energy. This merge of technology and ideology is something Daan Roosegaarde calls ‘techno-poetry’.
Roosegaarde is honored to receive this award, and is looking forward to engage in new
innovative designs.

All photos: © Studio Daan Roosegaarde


Date: 2012
Client: Sydney Art Biennale and Scanlan & Theodore.
Materials: Hundreds of fibers, steel, sensors, speakers, software and interactive media.
Artist: Daan Roosegaarde with Studio Roosegaarde
Size: Corridor of 42 meters in Dogleg Tunnel at Cockatoo Island, Sydney Australia.
Dune X is the interactive landscape of light by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde for the 18th Sydney Art Biennale.
This hybrid of nature and technology is composed of large amounts of glass fibers that brighten according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors. Filled with hundreds of interactive lights and sounds, Dune X investigates nature in a futuristic relation with urban space.
Watch the art movie which has been especially created for
the Biennale of Sydney:

Club WATT, Rotterdam, NL
Date: 2008
Client: Sustainable Dance Club
Materials: Sustainable materials, energy harvesting mechanism, software and embedded electronics.
Artist: Daan Roosegaarde
Size: Modular system, length 65 cm, width 65 cm, height 30 cm.
SUSTAINABLE DANCE FLOOR is the interactive dance floor
which generates electricity through the act of dancing.
Studio Roosegaarde created the design and interaction of the first Sustainable Dance Floor. 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.

CRYSTAL are thousand and one wireless light rocks which interact with people. CRYSTAL functions as a ‘digital campfire’ where people share stories of light. Each Crystal contains LEDs that are wirelessly charged via a powermat. Once visitors start adding, moving or sharing Crystals, the basic breathing of the Crystals changes. The lighting behavior of crystals moves from ‘excited’ to ‘bored’, keeping visitors curious. People can either share or steal them. CRYSTAL creates a sensual relation between people, technology and light.
Specifications: 2012-2013. Hundreds of wireless LED rocks (variable sizes) on a power mat. Special Crystal box available on request.
Client: Self commissioned by Studio Roosegaarde. Premiere at PICNIC, EYE Museum Amsterdam. Permanent installation at Strijp-S Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Date: 2010-2011
Client: Commission for Mental Health Care GGz Breda, developed with SKOR| Foundation for Art and Public Domain.
Materials: Molded white pillars, LEDs, electronics, sensors, software and basement.
Artist: Daan Roosegaarde
Size: Diameter 30cm, heights from 100 to 160cm.
The interactive artwork, LUNAR features a series of interactive light objects placed at the Youth division of Mental Health Care GGz in the Netherlands. Filled with LEDs and interactive technologies, the objects are designed
to ‘come to life’ by emitting sounds and color upon detection of children’s touch.
By intervening with the existing architecture, LUNAR
creates an informal play between children, their therapy and the building.

Dutch Design firm studio roosegaarde and Heleen Herbert from heijmans infrastructure have presented the first prototypes of their 'smart highway' development. awarded with a ‘best future concept’ by the dutch design awards, the idea will be realized mid-2013 in the Netherlands. Using the latest techniques, the team is dedicated in building roads that are more sustainable, safe and interactive for both drivers and builders. Instead of focusing on the car to innovate the driving experience, Roosegaarde and Heijmans found it about time to innovate the highways. with smarter transportation research already disposable for use for decades, an implementation plan capable of updating the highway with new designs such as a 'glow-in-the-dark road', 'dynamic paints', 'interactive lights', 'induction priority lanes' and 'wind lights'. The system essentially creates roads that are more socially conscious and interactive through the inclusion of light, energy and road signs which automatically adapt to various traffic situations.

Awarded biennially in Denmark, under the attendance of HRH the crown price of Denmark, the INDEX: award is the biggest design award in the world (€500,000) – and probably the most important. The importance of INDEX: award lies in the unique, over-arching theme of design to improve life – a concept which has established the prize as a global, inspirational design beacon. INDEX: award is split into five categories: body, home, work, play and community, representing the entire human life, inside to out. One prize worth €100,000 is presented to the winner in each of the categories. In 2013, Smart Highway was the second winner in the community category: an interactive road designed by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde in collaboration with Dutch firm Heijmans Infrastructure.

INTIMACY is a fashion project about the relation between
intimacy and technology. Its high-tech garments 'Intimacy
White' and 'Intimacy Black' are made out of opaque smart
e-foils which become increasingly transparent based on
close and personal encounters with people.
Social interactions determine the garments’ level of
transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.
Date: 2010-2011
Client: Self-commissioned by Studio Roosegaarde.
Materials: Smart foils, wireless technologies, electronics, LEDs, copper and other media.
Artist: Daan Roosegaarde with the team of Studio Roosegaarde and invited designers V2_, Maartje Dijkstra, and Anouk Wipprecht.
Size: ‘Black’ and ‘White’ dresses, length 40, width 100 cm.

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