Updated: Jul 23, 2020
“When you work from home there is no such thing as a holiday.” Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Discipline is important when working from home. While it is vital to maintain productivity levels during your core work hours, it is equally important to detach from work when needed. But for most of us, the idea of working from home has always been something we'd plan for, not something we'd just suddenly have to do. Working from home means no long commutes and no strict one-hour lunch break. Examining your workflow, you may find it possible to accomplish your tasks in 5 hours rather than the traditional 8 hours mandated by offices. Use this “new time” as an opportunity to learn new software, remote work would not be a priority if it was not for the corona virus, besides being a safety measure remote work has many benefits too. Since there is no inspection, it can cut the costs of onsite visits. It can also be a huge time saver as there will be no need for travelling. Simultaneously, this leads to less carbon emission. While remote work has been forced upon us, we should also appreciate its benefits. As we spend more time in our home we will grow to appreciate ways in which we can conserve energy through thoughtful design and added technology. People will value their homes more than before, and aim to make spaces more functional and fluid in their purposes. Underutilised spaces are now being used in varying ways, from mud rooms being transitioned into temporary offices to living rooms becoming spaces for physical activity. At the core of our ethos is simplicity. We see people appreciating simpler lifestyles, whether at home or in life, now more than ever in a world that’s so complex. In planning for the future, we expect that climate change and environmental degradation will increase with each passing year, and we as architects and designers understand how to address these known certainties. But no one predicted that a global health crisis would upend our lives, fundamentally shift how we live in our homes, and impact the future of residential design. This pandemic serves to remind us how important our houses are to our daily well-being.
Houses have the power to bring joy and meaningful connection to our physical world and in this moment of being home bound, while we need our interior spaces to be flexible to accommodate temporary activities, more importantly we need to enjoy the space regardless of what function it serves. We delight in natural day lighting, quality materials, healthy indoor air quality, and access to liveable outdoor spaces. In many ways, this analogue moment is a return to simple living, and in designing future homes, we will think more about what is essential to the experience of how we want to live.