Living is constantly evolving. It evolves with man and goes hand in hand with the metamorphosis of lifestyles. Over the centuries we have seen the concept of home and the role of different living spaces change. In contemporary living, the kitchen has become the heart of domestic life, the living room has been transformed into a multifunctional environment that now more than ever houses a desk, and in some housing solutions such as lofts, bedrooms do not exist as such. but they are part of fluid and borderless environments.
The advent of the Coronavirus pushes us to think about how our lifestyles will change and how the house will transform, once again, to adapt to the new models of living. We have dedicated an article to answer the question ‘How will the Coronavirus change our homes? ‘from which very interesting reflections emerged, also among the Comments of our readers.
Our hygiene habits are radically changing in response to the Coronavirus, therefore this phenomenon will affect the design and it will be necessary to rethink the design of our homes, especially the entrance and bathroom, to reduce the opportunities for contact. We talked about it with Houzz professionals and we tried to imagine how the Covid-19 pandemic will change the bathroom environment , a room whose primary function is precisely to guarantee hygiene. And whose layout, albeit changed by trends, has been almost identical for half a century.
The house as a multifunctional sanctuary of well-being
Consequently, the spaces in the houses will also necessarily change. If on the one hand large houses will be re-evaluated, because there will probably be a tendency to bring sociality back into the house and no longer outside, it is also true that this trend may be the prerogative of a few, therefore the more commercial cuts (100-130 square meters) will have to necessarily be reconfigured by providing a space for smart working and a large living-kitchen for conviviality, consequently subtracting space from bedrooms and bathrooms », says architect Raffaella Di Benedetto of IBEDI – architecture laboratory .
Michele Perlini of ARCStudiohe adds: «I think that in this moment more than ever architecture must return to its essence, it is not enough to focus on a space, but as a whole. In our work as architects, in all humility I think we should make a small contribution to human well-being in the belief that in the art of design beauty and utility cannot be separated. It won’t be easy to change complicated human systems quickly. Our task is rather that of identifying structures capable of adapting to man ».