Could covid spell the end of open-plan living?…


… probably not, but people are reassessing their housing needs, with room for home-working and outdoor space top of the wishlist. Now housebuilders are starting to rethink home designs

Earlier this summer six finalists were chosen by the RIBA in a government-sponsored competition to design the “Home of 2030”. Alongside a proposal for homes made 98% from organic material were innovative modular designs that allowed buyers to pick and choose layouts using interchangeable parts. 

The competition understandably asked entrants to address both sustainability and practical deliverability, in order that the designs might provide a template to meet the housing crisis. But – commissioned before the coronavirus pandemic struck in March – it did not ask them to respond to the covid crisis and lockdown.

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