With the adjustment to lifestyles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, designers are considering options that can make multifamily properties safer. For example, touchless automated door systems and sanitation stations would reduce opportunities for virus transmission. Increased reliance on package delivery increases the need for additional storage space and methods to secure items with touchless components. Coded drop-box systems—perhaps operated by phone apps—could become must-have amenities.
Creating common areas with ample sunlight, air circulation, and purification systems, as well as viral- and bacterial-resistant furnishings and fixtures could make these spaces safer. Unit design could include alcoves that can flex to accommodate work-from-home spaces or learn-from-home spaces for students when schools are closed.
Private balconies that overlook a common open space can offer a connection to the building community and the broader neighborhood to reduce a feeling of isolation.