4 Ways COVID-19 may Change Architectural design for years to come
Every major pandemic in history has resulted in some sort of large scale architectural change. While architectural projects may have been cancelled during the early months of the pandemic, they may be the key to mitigating COVID-19 in the long term.
Listed below are 4 ways COVID-19 may change architectural design for years to come.
1. Social Distancing
While many believe these to be simple, short-term solutions, before getting back to normal soon, others are preparing for the long haul. Google and many other companies have opted to maintain their work-from-home policy until the summer of 2021. Experts and business owners are realizing that the pandemic may not be “going away” any time soon. As a result, architects nationwide are being tasked with re-designing space to help its occupants adhere to social distancing. The “short-term” temporary features added to offices are likely going to become an integral part of buildings. The “open-concept” office is likely going to go away for some time, and architects are going to be tasked with coming up with a suitable, socially distanced, replacement.
As a result, architects began to design homes with public health in mind and Architectural Modernism became the dominant form of design form the 1920s to the 1970s. Modernism, with its smooth surfaces and geometric, simple design, was put in place primarily to mitigate dust and uncleanliness, and promote natural sunlight, air, and openness, notably hygienic properties. All of this was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy of “organic architecture”, structures designed to be in harmony with both humanity and their environment.
As the pandemic begins to lose momentum, public focus will likely shift to preventing another pandemic, and modernist architecture, and its hygienic properties, may become incredibly popular once again.
3. Alleviation of Density
4. contact-less design features
We at VIP embrace all potential changes and trends that may come from COVID-19, but this is nothing new for us, as we have always prided ourselves on being forward-thinking and embracing change. The new normal will arrive soon, and we will be ready.