Tylene Levesque

INTERACTIVE "LIVING GLASS" Regulates Air Quality

by , 06/21/07

LIVING GLASS, designed by Soo-in Yang and David Benjamin of The Living, Responsive Kinetic Architecture

What if architecture was designed to work for you to keep you healthy? Soo-in Yang and David Benjamin, architects at The Living have come up with a new material called “Living Glass” that will look out for your health by monitoring CO2 levels in the air. The new smart material is a thin, transparent, non-mechanical surface which automatically opens and closes “gills” in response to human presence to control the air quality in the room.


The silicone surface embedded with Dynalloy Flexinol wires contracts due to the electrical stimulus, allowing the “gills” to breathe and regulate air quality when carbon dioxide levels are high. You can watch Living Glass breathe here or check out the Architectural League’s video interview with the two architects below.

+ Living Glass @ The Living

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5 Comments

  1. Brandi April 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I am also a current Interior Design Student very interested in innovative design. I am currently working on a project that may consist of products just like these. I would love to have information regarding these and I look forward to receiving updates.

    Thank you
    Brandi Beckett

  2. Claudia Hobor November 20, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Hey, I’m a student studying Interior Design, and I would just like to congratulate you all on your efforts of inventing the new ” living glass” “air monitor?”! It is fascinating! Please keep me informed via mail on all your new inventions as I am a student interested in cutting edge things, new and modern and beyond the future products. I would really appreciate it if you keeped me informed as I am unsure of how often you guys invent/release, and I would definately (in the near future) consider you guys as my top suppliers for modern objects.

    Kind regards,
    Claudia Hobor
    21/11/07

  3. ajay bharadwaj July 19, 2007 at 11:06 am

    this is indeed great work & has immense possibilities particularly for developing countries

  4. royalestel June 21, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Oh yeah. Saw this stuff last summer. Oops. Should have posted a link, eh?

  5. ivanadesign June 21, 2007 at 8:56 am

    So cool. They’re doing a very important work for us. River Glow is another great project. Amazing projects!

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