Post-COVID architecture

 

 

 

It results evident that in the last year and a half the pandemic has changed the way we live. The effects of the pandemic can be easily noticed in our everyday live, but they have also shown in other fields, for example choosing the place we’re going to live in, changing our preferences from inner cities to calm and reduced spaces. This new post-COVID era has impacted architecture in a big way, whose designs are now projected in a different way.

Actually, what has happened with the coronavirus is not something unprecedented; history has shown us that architecture and the way our cities are designed has been affected by every pandemic humanity has suffered.  For example, in the years of the bubonic plague the foundations of every construction were made of concrete, this was to avoid rats from digging down and creating there down nests. 

Currently, the direct consequences of COVID-19 in architecture is the quest for greater amplitude. Lots of people have changed the vision of seeing their house just as a place to rest after working, to seeing it as their home, a space where they can fully enjoy their time. This change in human perspective is vital to understand the new architecture, this post-pandemic era must incorporate this new approaches. Something that ourselves have never lost sight of, having as a goal a healthy home.

 

More polyvalent and open spaces

Therefore, the maximisation of open spaces takes importance, joined to a better use of natural light due to large windows and really good ventilation, something that for years has been part of the unmistakable hallmark of Blues Simon Group. The difference, specially in the cases where the dimensions of the living space conditions, is the necessity of making more polyvalent some rooms.

The best example of this is the rising tendency of home-working, at least some days a week, can lead to the living room sharing space with the house office, making a luminous design and making shore everything is organized as the key of the new approach.

The memories of the three months of lock down and the search for a certain self sufficiency will lead to things such as the use of home space for recreating physical activities making terraces and balconies gain much more importance.

 

Sustainability as a rule  

This new form of architecture is designed to overcome not only the sanitary crisis but also the energetic crisis using sustainability as its base. In this sense, it’s not only that exploiting the thermal solar and photovoltaic energy is included in projects, rather we see how trends that Blues Simon Group had already been betting on are going to gain more and more strength, like the use of materials that are responsible with the environment and antibacterial fabrics and finishes.

The same happens with the quality of the insulation- thermal and acoustic-, something that, unlike us, a great part of this sector has been lacking of and has taken its toll as to the ones that now need to spend more hour at home the OCU has revealed that there has been an increment of 28% on the money spent on heaters and refrigeration systems.

Architecture as it always has done, will adapt too all circumstances to give people the best quality of live. This objective has always guided our endeavor and now, when reviewing the architecture that comes, we observe with pride that we weren’t wrong and that we anticipated to the era post-COVID.