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