‘Architects are very busy at the moment because of this crisis. There are many new challenges that we must adapt to, and we are working with clients to make informed decisions with regard to spatial use. The big question is how to create public spaces which include social distancing measures, improved ventilation and sanitation, and generally a better experience for everybody. How will this work in libraries? Botanical gardens? Museums? Schools? I think it’s completely possible and we can adapt.
‘Open spaces for public use are essential, and I think we need to be finding open spaces in a variety of facilities, such as plazas – why have a large, purely decorative tulip bed, when you can instead create a space that encourages people to walk around, where the flowers are able to be enjoyed? We’re currently working on a project with the aim of transforming a pier into a public park. A pier is an interesting typology because it’s long and narrow, making it easier to control social distancing and how many people are let in at a time. It’s a lucky accident, but this park fits these times.
‘The crisis is also changing people’s homes. I work on residential projects, and nearly every one of my past clients has moved to working from home, specifically to the vacation homes we designed for them, all in remote locations outside the city. I think this will continue in the future. People are realising that they don’t necessarily need to come to work, they can in fact be productive working from home. Moving forward, there will certainly be a heightened demand for the creation of spaces that allow residents to comfortably work from home so that your kids and pets are not all over you.’