With the foundation in place, fleshing out the architectural canvas with elements of future-proofing comes next. The amount of options here starts to get wider and wider, with appropriate solutions being particular to the context. The intent, though, remains the same.
The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our lives, not least because being confined to a single space for an entrenched period presents a myriad of challenges. There will be future pandemics, and therefore homes need to be ready for a ‘new normal’.
That’s where modularity comes in. Open plans will remain a popular future-proofing concept—accommodating flexible usage over time—but can also be adapted for privacy. Moveable walls can divide a large space into sections or be collapsed into a grand arena for a swinging party. Foldable screens or sliding partitions perform the same function, with the added incentive of controlling acoustic levels.
The acceptance of remote working as viable means that creating a technologically prepared professional cocoon may be necessary. And in a nod to multi-generational communal living, walkways should promote flowing movement to avoid chokepoints and accidents, while lifts in a multi-level home may be an important option.