Home is not only where the heart is—in the era and age of COVID, it’s where the work, school and entertainment are. This is why, in the eyes of experts, building designers must morph homes into virtual medical centres, restaurants, offices, schools, and environmental centres. In essence, the home must be connected.
First and most importantly, the home’s entryway must double as a defensive barrier, with a room added that comes complete with a sink and a shower. In this way, people can cleanse themselves after entering inward from a dangerous outside world.
Moving inward into the kitchen, the surfaces of everything from countertops to cutting boards should be replaced with anti-viral surfaces. Hard, smooth, frequently cleaned surfaces should be the order of the day.
For commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, Andrew Franz, principal and the design director of Andrew Franz Architect, advises the use of copper and alloys like brass and bronze—as they are naturally antibacterial and antiviral.
Nancy Ruddy, founding principal at CetraRuddy, suggested that all homes be infused with sound airflow and circulation, with natural airflow and breezes taking precedent.
Ruddy greatly values green spaces, with indoor plants bringing comfort to home inhabitants—not to mention a flawless sense of flow between the interior and exterior. Sizable floor to ceiling doors and garage doors can prove a literal portal between the inside and outside.
In instances where a household member is ill, a standalone care space—especially one at which deliveries can be safely made, that is connected to the Internet to facilitate remote medical care that would facilitate everything from remote medical care to an emergency treatment ap—is essential as well.
A home can be all things to all people—and in these times, it pretty much has to be.