Ar. Prem Nath - Prem Nath & Associates

Ar. Prem Nath - Prem Nath & Associates
A building’s design should elevate the occupants’ experience as well as activate the streetscape and engage the city.
With the advent of Covid-19, the lines between life, work, and play have become increasingly blurred. Our homes had been converted into our in-house offices and physical meetings are now virtual interactions. We have realized that, as designers, we should focus on making our spaces healthier by incorporating nature, give more emphasis to natural lighting and ventilation, and creating diverse and interesting places to reside, thrive, and work.

We need to take up the challenge to design facades that can interact with the inside and the outside of a building, and adapt intelligently to changing conditions. Facades can be designed to have more cut-outs, balconies, and green spaces.

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, large windows and balconies embody modernist preoccupations with the healing effects of light, air, and nature.
In offices, there is an increased inter-co-worker empathy relating to work-life balance. Health and wellness, better ventilation, access to daylight and fresh air, and on-site amenities will be the priorities. Offices and workspaces should be compartmentalized and treated fresh air units used within each compartment. Break-out spaces relieve stress, thus enhancing productivity. Sanitation tunnels and mist sprays should be installed at entrances. Additionally, to ensure a virus-free environment, skin grade ultraviolet lights with a wavelength of 250 nanometers can be installed as they are germicidal and not harmful.

Offices may need to incorporate disinfection measures like easy to clean and disinfect floor finishes, furniture, curtains, and door handles. Air-conditioning design for office buildings will require major re-engineering to avoid the risk of community infection. Floor or zone-wise separation of the air distribution system will be the norm in future building designs. An increasingly user-centric mindset necessitates a holistic approach to workplace well-being, which might include air and water quality factors as well as nutrition services and policies.

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Homes can serve as a multi-functional space by making the different areas more versatile.
While bright and open rooms are great for relaxation, the distraction and noise they can create are a hindrance to work. New residential designs must include air ventilation and filtration strategies that optimize indoor air quality, more open and breathable spaces, use of anti-microbial and non-porous, smooth materials that are easier to clean and which prevent dust and bacteria from accumulating. Natural ventilation and sunlight exposure are also crucial as views to the outdoors provide a much-needed respite.

So, the designer’s responsibility shall extend to selecting smart materials without extra, unnecessary weight, long lead times of procurement, complicated fabrication, or complicated shapes. It’s critical to not just create great spaces and places, but to also create dynamic opportunities for human interaction that provide purpose to our lives.

Ar. Sumit Dhawan, Cityspace’82 Architects

Building materials play a prominent role in the technical aspects of a built form, including factors like insulation, acoustics, etc. Building material selection is as important as the form development process in order to improve the quality of the built form Read More ...

Ar. Nilanjan Bhowal, Design Consortium India

We have reached a point where architects and engineers are planning for the entire life cycle of a building: from conception to demolition, providing alternatives at every step of the way to reduce harm to the environment during the entire process Read More ...

Ar. Manish Kumat Manish, Kumat Design Cell

A series of modular walls, breathable walls, and porous osmosis walls to ensure a controlled transfer of moisture and odour in the air, use of materials such as reclaimed wood, cork, AAC blocks, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, double glazed windows and automation Read More ...

Rohit Suraj, Founder & CEO, Urban Zen

Material selection is a crucial part of the design process and also depends on the client’s likes and expectations to a large extent. While choosing a material to work with, its intrinsic physical characteristics and experiential qualities are always the best parameters Read More ...

Ar. Harish Tripathi, Arhta

The role of local materials and technology cannot be undermined and their acceptability at the government and public level can create appropriate solutions. Amidst the mass movement and decline in trade as repercussions of the pandemic, the importance of using local Read More ...

Ar. Sandeep Joshi, Artisan

The trend is moving towards stronger materials that can better withstand the test of time, natural disasters, and give back to the environment instead of taking away from it. As the supply of natural resources becomes scarcer, we will be forced to use renewable and recyclable Read More ...

The Value of Material Choices

Context, functionality, and aesthetics play a crucial role in architecture with one of the most influential aspects being the value of material choices. For most buildings, the key features defining their ‘iconicity’ can be summarized as strong concept design, relevant Read More ...

Ar. Akshat Bhatt - Architecture Discipline

The pandemic and the current human condition have become markers in our collective history as the forbearers of change –– of a push towards minimal resource consumption and sustainable living. Our homes today have re-emerged as sanctuaries –– places of safe and ‘socially-distanced’ Read More ...

Ar. Aahana Miller - ABM Architects

There needs to be a change in the mindset of designers who must do away with fussy detailing and specify materials that would show dirt and be easy to clean. Homeowners are looking for alternate homes and homes away from the cities. They also want fabrics and materials Read More ...

Ar. Dinesh Verma & Ar. Akshara Verma - ACE Group Architects

In the name of development, we have overdone, over-consumed, and overlooked nature, and instead of being friendly, have turned hostile towards it. Society has knowingly compromised on the average area required by a person to be naturally comfortable, in the name of ‘expensive real estate’ Read More ...

Ar. Shobhan Kothari - ADND

Homes will now begin to address not only the pragmatic aspect of design but also question the ‘wellness’ quotient in design. Designs will evolve from having ‘curb-appeal’ to a more socially contributing device. Homegrown compost from waste to manure for plants, design with less frills Read More ...

Ar. Harish Tripathi & Jyoti D Tripathi - Arhta

Post pandemic, our perception and usage of space has changed drastically. Planning parameters and appropriate environments for habitat have gained a lot of importance. As people were confined to their homes, they began to actively appreciate the necessity of having appropriateness Read More ...

Ar. Aquin Noel - Aquin Noel Design Commune

Creating buildings that permit adaptive reuse would be notable changes. The idea of touch and feel might slowly transform into do not touch; however, I strongly believe that architecture should be appreciated by touch and feel. Technological advancements shall soon bring Read More ...

Ar. Sandeep Joshi - Artisan

The next few years will see a renewed interest in using design and architecture as social, political, and economic tools. In the aftermath of the pandemic, we should expect to see buildings becoming more sustainable and energy-efficient. They will also need to be designed with pandemic Read More ...

Ar. Arpan Johari - AW Design

Closed and conditioned spaces and buildings that have international movement like airports, will have to be completely thought of in a new light. Humans are adaptive species; lessons learnt from the pandemic would certainly lead to changes in the built environment. For starters Read More ...

Ar. Biswabhushan Beura - Bentel Associates

Retail architecture will cater more consciously to general well-being and actively focus on curating unique spatial experiences. Due to the pandemic, an important shift in architecture will be that large-scale public buildings will be remarkably well-ventilated and spacious Read More ...