Material Xperience 2016: ‘The Future is Here’

Material Xperience, the yearly materials event for architects and other creative professionals, will take place from Wednesday, January 27th to Friday, January 29th, 2016. The theme of this upcoming edition will be ‘The Future is Here.’

‘The Future is Here’ will be presented in three themes: New Techniques, New Materials and New Energy Sources. Digital technology is a true evolution in the fields of design, manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and recycling. 3D printing, CNC milling, robotized folding/stacking/weaving and new building techniques offer exciting opportunities for a new language of form, materialization and ornament. Another development is the circular economy, where renewable resources and the recycling of plastics and minerals play a major role. There is also considerable development in the area of low-energy materials from microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria and algae, along with various residual materials coming from the agriculture and forestry industries. In addition, the latest innovations from the fields of energy generation and conservation will be presented. In short, there will be plenty to experience, discover, discuss, share and find in this edition of Material Xperience!

Our partners will be showing their innovations within the five segments of Floors, Roofs & Facades, Walls & Ceilings, Indoor and Outdoor, with a special new segment showcasing providers of digital technologies, such as 3D printers. Also new this year is the category ‘New Kids on the Block,’ an initiative supported by Materia to give small, smart up businesses the opportunity to come in contact with architects and designers. The theme ‘The Future is Here’ runs like a thread through these different segments, in the form of an independent Materia exhibition

What will you see?
What do you think of bricks made of recycled glass and stone? Textiles that dissolve in water, facades made from aubergine fibres, coffee ground panels, bioplastics made from crab shells? The accompanying seminar program, which is famous for its influential and leading speakers, will once again focus on the themes of innovation, inspiration and, of course, The Future!
Come to Material Xperience 2016 and let us inspire you with valuable knowledge, contacts for the present and a glimpse of what’s ahead.

Material Xperience 2016 will take place from Wednesday, January 27th to Friday, January 29th at Ahoy, Rotterdam. This edition will take place simultaneously with GEVEL 2016: Facades with 20/20 Vision. For the full program and free tickets, visit

See you in Rotterdam!