Architecture Digest Envisions Changes Coming to Residential Design

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Robison Wells
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A new article from Architectural Digest envisions a post-COVID world influenced by what we have learned during long months of lockdown. The article poses four theories regarding the future of residential construction and design, inspired by lockdown conditions.

Architectural Digest suggests many ideas regarding home landscaping, particularly interworking indoor and outdoor space. Lockdowns, which forced many to stay at home, inspire a close look at environments more conducive to long periods of in-residence time.

One idea, “gardens with a purpose” (not necessarily vegetable gardens), incorporates group seating for outdoor gatherings, kids play areas, sports areas, and ornamental fixtures like sculptures and fountains. Such designs would bring more respite to outdoor space.

“The world outside your door,” a second idea, transforms outside space into a vacation-like environment. A grill is no longer enough; people want entire kitchens, including refrigerators, ovens, and seating. Some residents even request big-screen TVs, pizza ovens, and billiards tables incorporated into their residential designs.

A third suggestion, “peaceful plantings,” diverges from manicured gardens and emphasizes large trees, bushes, and vines to block out the rest of the world. Such designs offer a sense of privacy. Residents and guests can experience resort-style living at home, devoid of bother from the neighbors.

Architectural Digest also anticipates extensive backyard lighting changes: less of sports arena lighting, more of comfortable evening retreat. “Moonlighting and downlighting in trees never goes out of style with its soft tracery and complies with dark sky ordinances,” says Ten Eyck, one of the architects involved in such designs.

COVID-19’s impact has forced residential designers to rethink the aesthetics and practicality of intermingling indoor and outdoor spaces. Now that homeowners understand what it means to be locked down, future designs lean toward bringing a vacation resort-like feel to the home.

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