2016 we won with our first Solarix prototype the Solar Design Challenge at the Dutch Design – Won the dutch design solar Award, and such a breakthrough in the Solar industry that aesthetics as a function and added value as an architectural material.
On October 25th the first version of the Solar Design Challenge took place as part of the Dutch Design Week. The top three designs of this year’s competition were presented in the ‘Mind the Step’ theatre. The Solar Design Challenge is organized by Solliance (the thin film solar research center) in cooperation with High TechXL, High TechXL Plaza (the incubator hub for start-ups at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven) and Holland Innovative (Project management, Product- & Process Development and Reliability Engineering).
Huib van den Heuvel, Managing Director Solliance, is the initiator of the Challenge. “If you look at successful product introductions worldwide you see that design is often the differentiating factor. It adds human appeal and brand power to products. Just recently, a scientific study showed that attention to design in the development stage of new products brings some 20% extra profit. The challenge for companies is to stand out in looks AND function. And blending the two is not that simple. That’s why we’ve organized the Challenge.”
Studio SOLARIX was selected as the winner by the jury, consisting of the organizing parties, chaired by prof. Elphi Nelissen, dean of the Department of the Built Environment of the TU/e and organizer on behalf of the three universities of technology in the Netherlands of the ‘Mind the Step’ exhibition.
‘SOLARIX brings art, energy and technology together, delivering an esthetically appealing and sustainable façade with a unique design’ states architect Marloes van Heteren, who was very pleased to receive the first prize. Studio Solarix is a start-up company that Marloes runs together with designer Reinier Bosch. The jury’s opinion was that the originality and the quality of the design of the composite façade element with integrated solar cells opens up many interesting business opportunities and was unanimous in the conclusion that this startup could take good benefit of the 5000 Euros of in-kind support by the organizing parties in order to move to the next milestone.