Windvogel by Studio Roosegaarde has been named Design Project of the Year in the Dezeen Awards 2018.
Windvogel is an energy-generating, light-emitting kite described by the Dezeen judges as “innovative, emotional and functional … From the production and manufacturing point of view, it’s very smart. It intelligently solves a problem for people on the move”. As well as being named the overall Design Project of the Year, the project won the Lighting Design of the Year category.
Windvogel are smart kites that have the potential to create up to 100 kilowatts of green energy as they twist in the wind. The string of the kites are luminous and glow in the dark: “you have these beautiful dancing lines of light floating in the air and at the same time producing green energy,” said Daan Roosegaarde.
Roosegaarde wanted to bring green energy, art and landscape design together through the Windvogel project. The smart kites floated in the air for the first time at the Icoon Afsluitdijk exhibition that we highlighted at the end of 2017. They are attached by a purpose-designed cable to a dynamo at a ground station; the push and pull of the cable is converted into electricity and can supply up to 200 households. When flying, Windvogel creates a visual symphony of dancing lines to celebrate the beauty and poetry of green energy.
The shortlist of six entries for Dezeen’s Lighting Design of the Year is here.