Architecture, such as any other aspect in our daily lives, evolves depending on socio economic factors of society. The arrival of COVID-19 will without question also alter the architectural proposals of buildings.
Changes generate the need for adaption.
Since COVID-19 struck our society we have seen hotels and sports pavilions transformed into hospitals, empty offices, long lines in supermarkets, rooftops full of life and homes full of people.
The buildings of the future will also have to adapt.
The first spaces that will be represented in the new design will be the ones that offer more possibilities and until this moment were still not being completely used and taken advantage of: Rooftops.
How many of us have seen neighbors going up to the rooftop to do some exercise or workout? The change has begun.
Rooftops will be thought of as an area of relation between neighbors, spaces to work out or even to create urban gardens. It is usually a clear area where you can run, sunbathe or even have a small barbeque.
But let’s take it to the next level, ¿might rooftops be used as drop off spots by your delivery company who will ship the packages by drone?
The buildings will look for more natural light and better sunning. The lock down has made us be more conscious that a balcony, a terrace or a patio in our homes gives us life. For that reason, investors will try to maximize the private outdoor space built in a home.
Building entryways will also be affected. The digital transformation and peak of online business will make conventional mailboxes disappear and in their place there will be lockers so deliverymen can place packages in them.
Elevators will become more technological, who knows if with facial recognition or with contactless buttons so you can go up to the floor you are going to and don’t have to touch anything at all.
In last place, garages which seemed that were slowly going to be left out of use in favor of public transportation or car sharing, ¿Will they gain importance once more?
In China, going back to normal life after confinement has provoked a boom in car sales, probably because people are afraid of sharing space in a train wagon.
What is sure is that, the process of adaptation has begun and now it is our turn as architects to take the reins of this change, humanize buildings and be able to take advantage of our design by thinking in our client’s well-being.
The change has begun,
Now we need to adapt!