June 4th, 2020 9:45 AM by Jackie A. Graves
gathering space. More comfortable bedroom space. Peaceful and private outdoor
space. If those items tick your preferred “quarantine home” boxes, we get
The truth is that
being stuck at home—in a home you don’t necessarily love—stinks. So, we don’t
blame you if, while you’ve been sheltering, you’ve been dreaming of what you
would change and where you would move given the choice.
The good news is
that this pandemic is already having an impact on how builders operate, and the
very things that are frustrating you about your existing home will likely drive
changes to design and architecture in the future.
coronavirus still rages on, it’s hard to predict what post-pandemic abodes
might look like,” said Barrons.
“Yet, developers around the U.S. are already rethinking projects, anticipating
residents’ needs and preferences that Covid-19 would spur. In doing so, they
are re-evaluating current in-unit aesthetics and in-demand amenities.
That means a “new
consumer” might have “different priorities from now on regarding health,
technology and socialization,” Marcelo Kingston managing director of Multiplan,
the developer behind 57 Ocean in Miami Beach, told them.
Homes had been
trending smaller. But that may be over. With uncertainty about the future
around spending more time in the home, which likely includes some form of
work-from-home scenario, homeowners are likely looking for more space. Expect
homes to grow in size accordingly.
A greater dependence on the home
will be given to the arrangement of the workplace at home,” said Dezeen. “Spatial
organization will change, with the place to work at home no longer a desk with
a parody of an office chair and a lamp, slotted somewhere in the corner of the
living room or under the stairs. Now it will be a completely separate room with
large windows, blackout curtains and comfortable furniture. It will be
technically equipped and sound-insulated.”
An increased emphasis on “health and
This covers a wide
variety of amenities.
of JSA Architects predicts that the pandemic, "like 9/11,
will have an enormous impact on public space because of social distancing and
fear of contamination," said Dwell.
“He foresees these concerns finding their way into the home, impacting space in
more subtle ways, like the distancing of furniture arrangements and domestic
footprints shifting to include "safe" rooms to isolate contagious
architects and designers foresee “a compartmentalization of spaces including
entries, foyers, and mudrooms, incorporating sanitation stations to wash,
disinfect, and remove contaminated clothing. This attention to sanitation,
however, won’t necessarily give rise to sterile-looking environments. According
to Bryan Young, principal of Young Projects, "Fundamental qualities
of wellness are even more meaningful for adapting to a post-coronavirus
environment, incorporating natural light, natural ventilation, connection to
green spaces and landscape.”
This type of design
will bleed into technology, as well. “We already have much of the technology we
need to replace human contact with smart sensors,” said Stambol.
“And in a post-pandemic world, nobody wants to touch anything unnecessarily.
So, the low-hanging-fruit of design upgrades will be the first to
change. Think of more touchless faucets and sensor-operated
doors. Every doorknob, light switch, thermostat, and the high-traffic
button will be swept away, replaced by motion activation or voice command. And
every previous objection based on cost can be easily countered with memories of
a global economic catastrophe.”
This is already one
of the most pervasive trends in home design, but “Manufacturers of smart home
systems will go one step further,” said Dezeen. “Their programs will not only
control the temperature of the air in the house, but also its quality and, if
necessary, they will automatically clean it. Air from the outside will of
course be filtered.”
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