Due to coronavirus-related shelter in place orders, people around the world are confined pretty much to their homes—thus leading to almost certain shifts in the fine art of home design. A number of leading building designers and architects weighed in with their opinions on the many ways in which ‘home sweet home’ will never be the same.
Lisa Gray, founding partner and principal at Gray Organschi Architecture, foresees designs with more enclosed home offices and personal space for each family member, along with more open communal spaces for the family as a whole.
Maura Trumble, associate at CCY Architects, sees future floor plans that call for multifunctional living spaces. Any given home could contain within its walls an office, classroom, conference room and gym, in addition to more conventional room categories like living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens.
Vicki Yuan, associate at Lake|Flato Architects, predicts that tomorrow’s homes will be overflowing with natural daylight, environmentally sound materials, healthy indoor air, and access to outdoor areas.
Matt Krissel, partner at KieranTimberlake, predicts that more homes will be multi-functional, taking on the characteristics of a home office.
Ryan Leidner, architect and founder of Ryan Leidner Architecture, foresees homes that will seem more like refuges, with warmer, softer textures to elicit feels of peace, and visuals and fixtures that reflect the beauty of the nature outdoors.
Brian MacKay-Lyons, architect and founder of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, sees future surges in sustainable, economical building heavily influenced by the exterior environment.
Dan Weber, architect and founder of Anacapa Architecture, sees a day in which a great deal of public office space will be sacrificed in favor of home office space.
Maziar Behrooz, architect and founder of MB Architecture, foresees a strong interest in home renovations and prefab buildings, along with a renewed interest in peaceable rural living.
Robert Sweet, founder and creative director of Ras-A Studio , thinks that tomorrow’s homes will feature exciting and expanded new takes on the concept of the home office.
Lauren Geremia, interior designer and founder of Geremia Design, sees more creative uses of living space, and a more beautiful home created by people open to the art of creative change.
Bryan Young, founder and principal of Young Projects, sees a strong future in green building and well design.
Joel Sanders, founder and principal of Joel Sanders Architecture, sees more high-tech home offices and high concept, clean-lined and ultra modern living spaces in the future.
Barbara Reyes, director of design, interiors, and branding at Frederick Tang Architecture, hopes that future designs will allow for more personal space, so no one feels hemmed in or too close in proximity.
Michael K. Chen, founder and principal of Michael K. Chen Architecture, believes that homes will be designed more like public spaces, and vice versa—allowing for the improvement and increased flexibility of each.
Patrick Lam, founder and creative director of Sim-Plex Design Studio, sees a more gentle and more prosperous merging of home and work spaces, without compromising the quality of either.