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Physiological and Mental Effects of Membrane-Structured Architectural Spaces

Emi Yuda 1, Yutaka Yoshida 2, and Junichiro Hayano 3
1. Tohoku University Graduate School of Engineering, Sendai, Japan
2. Nagoya City University Graduate School of Design and Architecture, Nagoya, Japan
3. Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya, Japan

Abstract—Membrane structures of architecture that provide a naturally bright light space are increasingly used for various facilities. In this study, we investigated the physiological and mental effects of membrane-structured architectural spaces by comparing them to conventional architectural spaces with a crossover study design. We observed that a membrane-structured warehouse reduces alertness, improves continuous performance, and causes positive subjective feelings, although there was no significant effect on operational accuracy, autonomic function, or sleep quality of the day.

Index Terms— alertness, architectural space, autonomic nervous system, heart rate variability, membrane architecture, metal sheet, psychomotor vigilance, sleep quality, tent

Cite: Emi Yuda, Yutaka Yoshida, and Junichiro Hayano, "Physiological and Mental Effects of Membrane-Structured Architectural Spaces," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 307-313, November 2020. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.9.4.307-313