Breathable Facade: We’ re There
While the glass use in skyscrapers has proliferated, modern skyscrapers are closed off from the surrounding environment in a much-closed manner. Since its inception, the usage of artificially and closed, controlled interior environments have caused massive strains on the resources of the planet. They have made the buildings experientially homogenous, and not forgetting the sickness caused i.e. overreliance on the system of air-conditioning. Modern humans learn, play, work, and live in towers with exteriors that resemble wallpaper. The occupants feel no heat on a hot summer
day, nor do they feel any cold despite it’s snowing outside. Sure, comfort is necessary, but such craziness for comfort has driven more and more technology of advanced air-conditioning constructing building, which no longer opens up to the seasonal changes of nature. No matter what the environment is outside, the interiors remain the same throughout the year.
One of the most fundamental and ancient notions of architecture is the “breathable skin”. The practice of allowing natural, fresh air to flow through a building is very old. It dates back to the ancient Egypt’s wind catchers and similar structures located in the Middle East. Technological advancements, rapidly increasing building heights, and growing environmental awareness of the society has spurred exciting, fresh developments in the construction and design of sustainable architecture that actually breathes.