San Francisco-based architect Melanie Turner, who designed this Wine Country home with floor-to-ceiling windows, believes more clients and designers will think more about how air enters and exits a home in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: Matthew Millman
Architect Melanie Turner believes COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on residential design—specifically in great rooms and entryways, as well as how air enters and exits a home.
She suspects people will generally spend more time at home than before, causing them to think more about how they feel returning to their sanctuary from the outside world, along with the layout itself.
“The open floor plan isn’t going away, but I think there will be a tweaking of it where you can find these middle spaces like reading nooks or small spaces for naps,” said Turner, director of residential design for Pfau Long Architecture, the residential studio of Perkins and Will’s San Francisco office on Bryant Street. “Clients will be more nuanced about bringing people together, but allowing them to be apart.”
She foresees great rooms with smaller spaces within them where someone can both keep an eye on things, yet have a measure of privacy.
This family retreat in Northern California, conceptualized by San Francisco-based architect Melanie Turner, features a concrete staircase and tile floor. Turner expects hearty finishes like these to become more common in entryways as people rethink aspects of residential design in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: Art Gray