Tokyo Design Week 2015: Breathable Bubble Building

A cotton shirt that breathes with your skin. Comfy underwear that moves with your body. A workplace that doesn't feel like prison. We all want to be in things that have the capacity to breathe with us.

Most of us don't want to be in a rigid, closed, hard space with no permeability, with the exception of some shut-ins. It's why we open our doors and windows. It's why we build patios and have backyards. It's why some of the best building design out there harmoniously brings the outside world into contact with the inside world.

The "breathing envelope" of this design is essentially a shell made of film that can open or close according to the atmospheric pressure between inside and outside.

Working there would be like working inside of a living organism, which is the case for anyone who works in any kind of building, but this design explicitly acknowledges this fact. As we well know, human beings are greatly affected by their environment. If you're working in a dull, gray, isolated, poorly lit space with bad airflow, you'll either know you feel terrible about it or your body will tell you this.

Those who are more sensitive may experience a noticeable physical reaction to the space. Those who aren't as attuned to their intuition may only notice the fact that they hate going to their place of work, though they may get along just fine with their colleagues and bosses and enjoy their job otherwise. The space just doesn't feel right, doesn't feel good. Pay attention to what your body is telling you about your work and/or living space.

Can you breathe there? If not, it's time to plot your escape.