The recent months and the developments that transpired due to COVID-19 have brought modern architects to a new juncture in conceptualizing post-pandemic ideas. The novel coronavirus has given them an actual example of how modernist architecture evolved as a consequence of previous disease outbreaks,
Where previously doing away with too many rooms was a good way of revolutionizing home designs, the possibility that an ordinary flu could turnout to be be another disease outbreak, calls for having additional rooms in which to self-isolate.
The Need to Redesign Homes Being the Central Area of Activity During and After the Pandemic
While a home is supposed to be a safe haven during the quarantine period, the seemingly endless period of staying indoors can also affect the mental health of those who go through isolation. Clean, untextured walls were seen before as a way of keeping homes less susceptible to dust and bacterial accumulation. Yet if they are walls that are reminiscent of hospital environments, seeing those walls 24/7 for weeks and months, makes the uncertainty of what lies ahead seems even more depressing.
Most companies are contemplating on making their employees work from home on a permanent basis. In homes where there are few spaces to convert as a home office, performing work remotely might not be as productive and effective. Mainly because it will be difficult to avoid interruptions and/or distractions.
Imagine a household where there is a free flowing set up between the kitchen, the dining area and the living room. Adults who will work-from-home by using the dining table as their work space, can easily be distracted if one of the children has to attend an online class at the same time. Apparently, the home will be the center of all diverse sets of daily activities taken on by every family member.
Helping Architects Gather New Insights for Designing Post-Pandemic Homes
In all probability, most architecture firms are into researching information on how they can make new architectural designs that will help homeowners transition effectively to a post-pandemic lifestyle. Aside from conducting surveys, some research work also consider personal blogs that share actual experiences related to the new norms brought on by the pandemic.
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