The Federal Ministry For The Environment of Germany awards the Breathing Skins technology with a Ecodesign Award 2016   28/11/2016

Breathing Skins Project

In 2015, the first accessible prototype building has been built, that is covered by a Breathing Skin. Discover in the video the functional and atmospheric potentials of a responsive architecture, that adapts to internal and external influences and requirements.


Open systems like organism control  the exchange with their environment to maintain the internal equilibrium. Is it not about time for architecture to do the same? Adaptive facades can reduce the energetic need of buildings and create a healthier room climate.


The Breathing Skins technology is inspired by organic skins that adjust their permeability to control the flow of substances between inside and outside. Pneumatic muscles regulate the amount of incident light, views, and air passing the Breathing Skin.

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In the Breathing Skins showroom, the Breathing Skins Technology can be experienced and tested under realistic conditions. On every square meter, 140 pneumatic muscles are controlled without any visible technical installations.


Around 2800 of these are integrated into the facade, amounting a length of over ten meters and an area of 25sqm. 

project group

The Breathing Skins showroom was realized in 2015, Location Mandelbachtal, Germany, with great support of:


Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH

Bayer MaterialScience AG /Covestro AG

HASCO Hasenclever GmbH + Co KG

Festool GmbH

SPAX International GmbH & Co. KG

Universität Stuttgart IBK1, IKT, ILEK

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik

und Automatisierung IPA

Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Becker

Inventor Breathing Skins technology

Project manager, based in Berlin

B.A. Simon Huffer

Planer wooden construction of

the Breathing Skins showroom



AIT ArchitekturSalon

Bei den Mühren 70, 20457 Hamburg


AIT ArchitekturSalon

Vogelsanger Straße 70
, 50823 Köln


Designers Open

Kongresshalle am Zoo
Pfaffendorfer Straße 31, 04105 Leipzig

31/03 - 21/04/2016




28/04 - 25/05/2016




21/10  - 23/10/2016

Bundespreis Ecodesign 2016

Winner, Category Young Talent

German Design Award 2017

Excellent Communications Design Architecture

Green Product Award 2016

Winner Newcomers in Architecture

EPSE  Award 2016

Innovation Selection, Winner

AIT-Award 'Best in Interior and Architecture 2016'

Special mention, Category Retail/ Trade fair design

Textile Structures For New Building 2015

1. Prize, Category Composites And Hybrid Structures

Stuttgarter Leichtbaupreis 2014

Verein zur Förderung des Leichtbaus e.V.

Living In The Future Award 2014

2. Prize, Verein Gebäudetechnik Südwestfalen e.V.



Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Becker