Smog Free Tower: world’s first smog vacuum cleaner

The Smog Free Tower is a project for clean air led by Daan Roosegaarde to reduce air pollution and provide an inspirational experience of a clean future. The SMOG FREE TOWER provides a local solution of clean air parks in the public spaces.

Winner of the Grand Award for Sustainability, Design That Educates Award, Gold Award Design For Asia, Platinum A’Design Award and German Design Award Excellent Product Design.

A breath of fresh air

The SMOG FREE PROJECT is a long term campaign for clean air in which Daan Roosegaarde and his team of experts have created the world’s first smog vacuum cleaner. The 7-meter tall SMOG FREE TOWER uses patented positive ionisation technology to produce smog free air in public spaces, allowing people to breathe and experience clean air for free. It is equipped with environment-friendly technology, cleans 30,000 m3 per hour and uses a small amount of green electricity. The SMOG FREE TOWER provides a local solution for clean air such as in parks of Korea, China, Poland, and the Netherlands. The function of the SMOG FREE TOWER has been validated by the results compiled by the Eindhoven University of Technology.

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True beauty is not a Louis Vuitton bag or a Ferrari, but clean air and clean energy.

Daan Roosegaarde

From the collected smog particles SMOG FREE RINGS are made which donate 1000 m3 of clean air to the city. SMOG FREE PROJECTS have been launched in China, the Netherlands and Poland.

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A cleaner air for …

South Korea

The world’s first largest outdoor air purifier, which turns smog into jewelry, opened at Pyeong-chon Central Park in Anyang, South Korea.

The Smog Free Project was invited by the Anyang Public Art Project (APAP) to act as an iconic landmark of their environmental mission. Air pollution is one of the most pressing global problems: large cities face great threats regarding health issues and many are trying to find solutions to deal with micro dust.

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“It imposes a strong will to improve the quality of life for the public, conveying the message of a symbiotic relationship between the city and the environment through the means of art; a campaign for the landscapes of the future.”

APAP6 invited the Smog Free Project

Beijing, China

For a period of 41 days, the Smog Free Tower has cleaned a volume of 30 million m3 of Beijing’s air which equals to a volume of 10 Beijing National Stadiums (also known as the Bird’s Nest). It has captured billions of harmful PM2.5 airborne particles during its exhibition time. The smog particles collected from the Smog Free Tower in Beijing are used to make a special limited edition of 300 Smog Free Rings as a tangible souvenir of clean air. By sharing a Smog Free Ring, you donate 1000 m3 of clean air to the city.

Each unique ring is individually crafted by Roosegaarde’s design team. The new Beijing version of the ring accommodates more smog than its predecessor from Rotterdam and contributes to the development of the project and its global tour.

The Smog Free Tower in Beijing attracted many visitors who in awe described it as a ‘clean air temple’ referring to the historic Chinese pagodas. The Smog Free Tower is now preparing for its launch in the next Chinese city which will be announced soon.

Here in Beijing, citizens, governments and NGO’s and clean-tech players are encouraged to become part of the solution instead of the problem. The project is supported by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Results and performance

In presence of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, Studio Roosegaarde has cleaned the collector plates of the Smog Free Tower and has captured billions of PM2,5, harmful tiny particles which are 40 times smaller than a hair. According to the Chinese government reports, the air is 55% cleaner air in the vicinity of the Smog Free Tower. The total smog collected amounts to 400 grams (the official notarisation is 312 grams with a residue quantity of 25% in the equipment).

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About Studio Roosegaarde

Studio Roosegaarde is a pioneer for the livability of our future landscapes. As a social design lab, a team of designers, engineers and Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde connect people and technology through artworks, that improve daily life in urban environments and spark the imagination. Clean air, clean water, clean energy, and now clean space: these are our new values.

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Smog Free Tower – Team Studio Roosegaarde

Internationally acclaimed works include Waterlicht (a virtual flood showing the power of water), Smart Highway (roads that charge throughout the day and glow at night) and Space Waste Lab (visualizing and upcycling space waste).

Daan Roosegaarde

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space and best known for creating landscapes of the future. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Roosegaarde is Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and featured by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker.

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