“Materials are getting smoother and more rigid”, Els Zijlstra, Creative Director of Materia explains. “This influences sound and our experience of spaces and buildings. Architects are more and more looking for materials that filter, absorb or mute sounds. In this Distortion II is the newest development, and we are proud that we are the first to show this innovation in the Netherlands”, Zijlstra says.
Distortion II demonstrates how geometrics and materials of a surface can alter sounds in various ways, thereby creating acoustic subspaces within a space. The wall has been developed two explore two acoustic extremes: it creates a sound absorbing and a sound reinforcing zone.
The wall consists of fibrefloat, a sound absorbing material that is made of recycled PET and can be laminated with all kinds of textiles. The material is cut to size with CNC cutting machines. In this way surfaces are created with various shapes and colours.
Materia Xpert Series
The effects of the wall can be experienced on 5 april, during the first edition of the Materia Xpert Series, a new series of thematic events in the Materia Inspiration Centre. The first event focuses on different aspects of acoustics in architecture and design. The program consists of lectures, interactive sound tests and an excursion to the het Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.
Creative industries, business, as well as science will be represented, with lecturers such as Friso van der Steen of Mecanoo and Jasper van Dorp from Philips, and a demonstration of audiovisual feedback by the TU Delft.
Interested in attending the event? You can register at the website of the Materia Inspiration Centre (http://www.materia-ic.com/).