How will COVID-19 change home design? Architect shares thoughts

MANILA — An architect recently shared his thoughts on how residences can accommodate the demands of the “new normal” caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent forum organized by Enderun Colleges, Gelo Mañosa listed six “post-COVID world changes in residential architecture,” noting that COVID-19 has forced people to rethink the way they live.

1. TRADITIONAL OVER OPEN SPACES

Mañosa sees a return to traditional floor plans as opposed to the currently trendy open spaces, given the growing need for dedicated areas for work and other activities.

“The open floor plan which was pretty much celebrated and combined the living room, dining room, kitchen, and other parts of the house will change. Open planning will prove to be a hindrance for a home that shares things like office spaces, learning spaces for the kids, and entertainment spaces,” he said.

“A good example would be, ‘Dad’s home office can’t really

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