Zone5 is a multidisciplinary design studio, focusing on the place where nature, technology, research and design meet.
We excel at telling stories with a wide range of data and materials. We express ourselves with (interactive) stories, data visualizations and physical installations. Among our clients are news media, art institutions, educators, public sector and other companies with a message.
This website is still under construction, not every project is clickable. More project pages will be added soon.
Els Engel is a journalist, designer and developer who expresses (data-)stories visually. Coming from a background in journalism and design, she adventures into programming, to investigate data and to visualize. She works for a wide range of newspapers, broadcasters and press agencies in Europe.
She is also an urban farmer and permaculture designer. She is fascinated by modern ideas about sustainability, a minimalist lifestyle and the maker culture.
Saro Van Cleynenbreugel is designer, farmer and technician. He worked for years at art institute Mediamatic as technician and frontman of the aquaponics urban farming project. He designed and built various aquaponics systems and gave dozens of workshops all over Europe for people from all over the world.
He likes to think and talk about smart and sustainable solutions, but above all, he believes that to learn is to experience.
Often, the best way to communicate an idea is to prove it. Being able to hear, smell and feel gives a lasting impression to the person watching. Zone5 investigates and demonstrates concepts regarding nature, design and technology.
Zone5 has a food forest in the East of the Netherlands. We use it to investigate techniques derived from permaculture.
In a food forest usefull plants grow together in a closed cycle, requiring a minimum expenditure of energy.
Permaculture appeals to us because it's built on a set of design principles. "Get the design right and watch as the work does itself..."
Of course it requires work to build, and the garden is not maintainance-free, but it's interesting to see how far one can go on the road to a self-sustaining food system.
We invite animals to promote biodiversity. The garden features a little pond full of frogs and salamanders. We also have a resident hedgehog who eats the snails from the hosta's. We use mulch to protect the soil and the life in it.
To play with sustainable and off-the-grid techniques, Zone5 designed a Very Tiny Experimental House. Building started in autumn 2018.
The house will be about 3 x 3 meters and 4 meters high. It will feature a kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms.
The house will feature a custom designed rocket stove. Next to the solar panels, this roket stove will be the at the heart of the houses utilities. It will filter rain water, heat up water to shower and provide floor heating.
We started by bringing some trees to a sawmill. They were cut down because they were in the way, so no one used them.
Wikipedia puts it nicely: "Visual journalism is premised upon the idea that (..) often words cannot keep pace with concepts. Visual journalism incorporates ancient symbols that resonate with humans across cultures and time and conveys meaning instantaneously at a deep level."
Voting for city council >
Technical details aquaponics
Greece: capital injections
Jerry Vermanen, Thomas Mulder and Marije Rooze asked me to help on a data project at KRO-NCRV in Hilversum.
Jerry analized thousands of Dutch rap lyrics. The rappers were compared to other Dutch artists to see whether there are any pure hiphop characteristics.
View project at Taalbaas at KRO-NCRV
Article on fd.nl (login required) about the future of shopping concepts
Article on fd.nl (login required) about how the Dutch layout of airspace influences the expension plans of airport Lelystad
Article on fd.nl (login required) about the governments budget
Article on fd.nl (NO login required) about all the Dutch coffeeshops (where you buy weed)
Interactive overview on fd.nl (no login) about compensations and bonusses to directors of big companies.
Article on fd.nl (login required) about how Dutch companies protect themselves from hostive takeovers.
It was connected to an article we wrote in the newspaper earlier, about how the government wanted to sell some banks they had bought to save them.
Zone5 is based in Amsterdam
+31 6 21 58 27 69
Saro Van Cleynenbreugel
+31 6 23 91 35 35