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Brief Published: 7 Sep 2011

Urban Tiles


A multi-functional tile that absorbs solar power, provides light and can also be used as an architectural-based entertainment screen has been designed by Meidad Marzan – an industrial design graduate of Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

Referred to by Marzan as ‘Urban Tiles’, the aluminium and steel panels – which feature a photovoltaic cell on one side and an OLED screen on the other – can be used together in rows to form an alternative to window blinds.

Using a programmable interface, electric motors enable each tile to rotate. This means they can be angled to optimise solar absorption, and used for both internal and external lighting at night. As if that wasn’t enough, they can also host moving or still images.

Meidad Marzan

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design