Responsibility #5: Smog Free Tower

  • Designer: Daan Roosegaarde
  • Work: Smog Free Tower
  • Infrastructural System: Air & Climate
  • Type + Intervention: New Construction of a Smog Cleaner turning carbon waste into jewelry
  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Year: 2014 (Built)
  • Reference 1: studioroosegaarde.net
  • Reference 2: archdaily.com
  • Video: youtube.com

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde, in collaboration with Environmental Nano Studios and professor Bob Ursem, has created the world’s largest smog vacuum cleaner in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Smog Free Tower, the 7-meter-tall vacuum acts as a filter that uses patented “ozone free ion technology” to clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour using only minimal wind and electrical energy. Utilizing compressed waste produced by the machine, Studio Roosegaarde has created a “tangible souvenir” – Smog Free Rings and Smog Free Cufflinks. Each piece of jewelry accounts for about 1,000 cubic meters of clean air put back into the city.

The Smog Free Project is not only intended to be a final local solution, but also a sensory experience of a clean future. Along with governments, NGOs and the clean-tech industry, people can become here part of the solution instead of the problem.

The first 7-meter high Smog Free Tower equipped with environment-friendly and patented ozon free ion technology is now open for public at Vierhavensstraat 52 in Rotterdam NL, and will travel around the world. The first Smog Free Tower cleans 30.000m3 per hour without ozon, runs on green wind energy and uses no more electricity than a waterboiler (1400 watts).

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