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Dubai Expo

A colourful solar roof made out of lightweight organic transparent solar cells to power the Dutch Pavillion at the World Expo in Dubai.


The colourful solar panels of the future, on the roof of the Netherlands pavilion for the Expo Dubai. With skylights made out of lightweight organic transparent solar cells. Combining technology, aesthetics and sustainable materials.

The Netherlands pavilion is a circular climate system with unique solar panels by Marjan van Aubel and ARMOR ASCA® that collect energy from sun rays to power the pavilion. At the same time, they allow sunlight into the pavilion and filter the right spectrum of light which the edible plants on the food cone use for photosynthesis.

Solar panels whilst collecting energy, can be beautiful and a form of art too. The skylights immerse the visitor in a ray of light; colours reflect, refract and dance inside The Dutch Biotope, where energy, water and food solutions are connected. 


The graphic design is made with a coloured Moiré effect, the lines and patterns interact with each other which creates beautiful light reflections in the pavilion. The coloured OPV, a third-generation solar technology is printed on PET and is produced circularly. They are lightweight, which makes them easily transportable. 


The panels will get a second life after Expo 2020 Dubai and are designed in such a way that it’s easily taken apart and can be reassembled. Instead of just seeing solar as a technology, this work shows solar with an emotional value using the power of design to make solar energy accessible to everyone everywhere.

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Assigned by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

World Expo Dubai 2022

Developed with V8 Architects, Kossmann.dejong, ExpoMobilia, Witteveen+Bos

Photography by Buro Bélen, Nadja Schlenker

Video: Jonas Sacks

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