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My company recently moved to a fancy new office space, whose aesthetic the bosses are very enamored with. Unfortunately, some elements of the space's function do not approach its aesthetic appeal: in addition to A/C that is mostly for show, the cube walls are only about 4.5 feet (~1.4 meters) high. Even better, my cube is located in a central aisle that people walk up and down all day... loudly... incessantly.
Because the walls are so low, everyone can and does stare in at me as they pass. Best of all, the cube is constructed such that I face a wall and the space behind me is completely open so I can't see anyone in that direction but everyone can see me. I have fairly severe social anxiety, and the constant human contact and attention, however momentary and incidental, is driving me up the wall. Given this, I expect my boss would be willing to re-locate me (there are tons of unoccupied cubes) except for the fact that my team is clustered together -- one of us moving would upset the gain in collaboration efficiency that was a major focus when the new space was being designed.
Is there anything I can do short of presenting my anxiety to HR as a 'special needs' case (I don't want to be the token 'special' guy)? How can I broach the subject with my bosses without sounding crazy?