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Power Plant wins Public Award at Dutch Design Awards 2019!

25 October 2019

Frederiek Dijkstra, Marjan van Aubel & Martijn Paulen, image: Max Kneegel
Visitors of Dutch Design Week 2019 have chosen their favorite project: Power Plant by Marjan van Aubel Studio has won the Public Award of Dutch Design Awards (DDA)!

It was a neck-and neck-race with Simone Post (category Young designer) and Gispen (category Product). Marjan's project combines aesthetics with a possible solution for two of the most pressing issues of our time: The food and energy issues.

Power Plant

Power Plant premiered at London Design Festival, where it was well received. New biotechnologies have made food production more efficient, but also more energy consuming. Power Plant is an energy-neutral greenhouse that implements sunlight to produce both electricity and food. Every hour, the Earth receives sufficient sunlight to supply the whole planet with enough energy for a whole year. Power Plant researches how solar cells can be integrated into our daily surroundings in such a way that this inexhaustible energy source can be used optimally and made available to a much larger group of people.

Marjan describes this as: 'Solar Democracy'.  By making crossovers with various different disciplines, they can exchange knowledge and make it accesible for a larger group of consumers. Using Power Plant as a prototype she has been able to activate other parties.

As in previous years, visitors were able to vote for their favourite entry during the exhibition of all DDA nominees and winners. As such, DDA aims to stimulate the general public to come and view the projects themselves. In total, more than 5000 visitors voted. 

Dutch Design Awards

The winners of the eight categories of DDA were announced last June. The award ceremony, together with an exhibition of all the winners’ work during Dutch Design Week (19-27 October 2019), forms a platform for Dutch design in all its forms. For more information visit