How has the pandemic reshaped architecture?
Since the hitting of the pandemic, architects have been working on a modernist style of architecture, as an emergent due to the consequences of the fear of disease.
Lockdown came as a shocking surprise for everyone, studies suggest that almost 80% of architecture firms across the globe were affected in terms of project delay and more. The biggest effect of coronavirus on the corporate world was a shift in the working space from office rooms to virtual space and cloud meetings.
Though the coronavirus has hit architects' life hard, the whole industry did work tirelessly to get back on track to break the block that had been lingering around for some time.
Pandemic reshaped the whole aspect of architecture itself.
A modernist approach was taken towards the existing structures and building and the same was implemented for the projects thereafter.
The emerging importance of social distancing and the shift of workplace to residential areas and the fact of spending 24 hours under the same roof took a major turn in reworking the architecture style and designs.
The collective experience of having to had stayed inside homes for several months surely did influence the architectural designs and work for the projects that came after.
Spaces that underwent immediate innovation strategies were office space, city space, and domestic spaces.
Quarantine made all non-essential workers sit inside their home, which unknowingly made them more acquainted with the homebound. This whole new experience made people think about their real needs and analyze how effectively the architecture of their residential space satisfied their needs. This same aspect has also turned out to be a learning experience for factors to consider while constructing or buying new homes.
We did see new corners coming up with a work table setting at homes and we also did see architects working on the same for their upcoming home projects.
Office spaces did witness changes like partitions and cubicles coming, thereby giving everyone a small personal space for themselves and avoiding close contact with co-workers.
Creating a personal space with partition did not really mean having zero connection with the rest of the world but with adequate and appropriate spacing and connection, yet satisfying the privacy.
Covid 19 also pledged to make a difference in city space architecture.
The benefits of a well-planned compact city include shorter commute times, cleaner air, and reduced noise, and the consumption of fossil fuels and energy. From making the cities to cycling safe to including green among spaces, the new era of architecture is all set to create the superficial in the coming future
“During this pandemic, public spaces have played a vital role in the health and sustainability of urban communities around the world”
- James Delaney