Post-COVID Architecture – Ideal Architecture

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The pandemic caused by the coronavirus has caused millions of people around the world to be locked in their homes. In Spain, more than 46 million people were confined for more than two months in a row and, spending so much time at home, they have begun to question their lifestyle and the characteristics of their homes

The importance of feeling good at home has been proven more than ever, not only in terms of furniture or decoration, but also in terms of space. Many families have realized that they need a more functional kitchen, that a garden would be a must have, that they need space to exercise or work and that terraces were undervalued. For all this, post-COVID architecture is going to change housing projects to try to adapt houses to the new normal and the needs of the people.

What will the post-COVID architecture be like?

All these approaches are going to make post-COVID architecture change, not radically in a short period of time, but adapting little by little to what people want now.

As they tell us from Grupomaq, a company related to the world of construction, the spaces will be wider and more open so that families have enough space and distances can be maintained. It will also include new rooms that were not necessary before, mainly offices adapted to teleworking: well-lit and ventilated room, office furniture designed to spend many hours, equipment and technology at the latest … People value their free time more and want their homes adapted to your hobbies. Foodies will give priority to their appliances and athletes will need a space with the elements to practice their favorite activity.

The homes will be functional and versatile to make family life, work, rest, leisure and social life compatible. The post-COVID architecture will be more flexible, cleaner and more resilient.

In addition, the homes will also include outdoor spaces. From terraces and balconies, to gardens and private spaces. All combined with areas shared with the rest of the community that are adapted to sanitary hygiene measures: swimming pools, sports courts, playgrounds, etc. Within the same enclosure and similar to the urbanizations that already abound in the outskirts of the big cities.

What people have missed is their houses during confinement

Most people live in smallish flats and in buildings with many other dwellings. Obviously, what has been most lacking during confinement is space. Families of 5, 6 and even more people sharing 90 square meters or less is downright difficult.

The lack of space makes it impossible for the rooms to be versatile. Offices have invaded living rooms and dining rooms, siblings have had to take turns doing homework, and parents have had to work while supervising and helping their children. Many have realized how useful a freelance office can be now that telecommuting seems to be here to stay.

In addition, the impossibility of going outside has shown more than ever the need to disconnect in the open air. The most common thing has been to miss having a large terrace where you can sit and breathe fresh air, even if it was only a small balcony or an outside floor to stop having horrible views of a patio. Others dream of having their own garden where children can run and adults can stretch their legs with the peace of mind of being at home.

To all this, you can add extra rooms and other ‘quirks’ such as space to exercise or a gym, a useful kitchen with a high-end oven to bake all those breads and cakes and the odd bathroom to avoid the agglomerations.

The location is another of the dilemmas that arise. With telecommuting in place, living close to work is no longer so important and people are considering moving to towns with less population and closer to nature.

Disabled people or people with reduced mobility have suffered even more from confinement, also the elderly. The pandemic has closed centers where they carried out activities and it was impossible to have an adapted life at home.

The construction industry in post-COVID architecture

Construction companies are going to be immersed in a series of changes to adapt to all these needs. Projects should be more sustainable and with shorter deadlines. As well as the designs, it must include all the rooms and spaces that people are going to demand, of which we have already spoken.

Since current homes are not intended to be confined for long, the buildings will be more spacious and with better ventilation and lighting. In addition, it will continue to bet on adaptability and accessibility, the great forgotten in urban projects and that more than a necessity is a right of the elderly and people with reduced mobility.

And all this will be possible with the cooperation of national and local administrations. Not only to build new homes, but to rehabilitate those already built.

Post-COVID architecture must be focused on the well-being of people and the aging of the population, homes that adapt to the different circumstances of life regardless of people’s abilities. Homes are needed forever, an investment that will last a lifetime.

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