studio roosegaarde is on a mission to save cities with smog free tower
studio roosegaarde is on a mission to save cities with smog free tower
aug 14, 2015

studio roosegaarde is on a mission to save cities with smog free tower

studio roosegaarde is on a mission to save cities with smog free tower
all images courtesy of studio roosegaarde





daan roosegaarde and his studio are out to save the world once again, with a ‘smog free tower’ meant to purify the air of some of the world’s worst cities. with a hugely successful kickstarter campaign that reached €50,000 today, the project will be realized and built in rotterdam, netherlands. using patented ion technology the massive vacuum cleaner will produce smog free bubbles of public space, allow the city’s citizens to enjoy and breathe clean air for free. the seven meter tower will learn 30 cubic meters of per hour and is powered by sustain clean energy.

daan-roosegaarde-smog-free-tower-designboom-02the installation will be surrounded by trees



without throwing anything away, the collected carbon from the tower will be pressurized to create ‘diamond’ rings and cufflinks for purchase. after a campaign in rotterdam, the installation will travel around the world, from beijing to paris, to los angeles and mexico city. studio roosegaarde believe society should do more, and not less when fighting visible pollution, and drive to make modern cities livable again.  



the project is presented at EDIT, a 10-day immersive design and innovation festival in toronto, from september 28 – october 8 2017.

daan-roosegaarde-smog-free-tower-designboom-03the simple tower shape will vacuum the smog through its vents


video courtesy of studio roosegaarde



daan-roosegaarde-smog-free-tower-designboom-04daan roosegaarde and a bag of collected smog


kickstarter update
video courtesy of studio roosegaarde



daan-roosegaarde-smog-free-tower-designboom-05the collect smog shaped into a cube 


daan-roosegaarde-smog-free-tower-designboom-06carbon ‘diamond’ rings available for purchase


  • It’s nice to work from both ends, where laws and regulatory bodies enforce on cleaner air, while Roosegaarde’s smart solution cleans up existant smog, especially for cities like Beijing and Mexico City, where clean air fighters need demos of how good unpolluted air looks and breathe like. Good job, cheers!

    Ben Shah
  • the solution to smog in the atmosphere is to better regulate the industry that puts it there, not to remove it once it’s in the air already.


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