According to Adele Rankin, the managing principal of Vancouver-based B+G Architects, condos are beginning to shift towards designs that include more outdoor areas, dedicated spaces for people working from home and “touchless technology.”
“We’ve all discovered over (the pandemic) how important the home is, but we have a lot of people who cannot afford amplified homes or individual spaces dedicated to working, especially if there’s two people working from home,” said Rankin during an interview with The Canadian Press.
Though there’s always been an interest in outdoor amenities and features when it comes to people that live in concrete boxes in the sky, the pandemic has made condo dwellers value these amenities more, says Jared Menkes, the executive vice-president of Menkes Development.
“They want that balcony, even if they’re just going to put their bike out there,” said Menkes.
People interested in condos are now looking for larger outdoor seating areas, a dedicated space for hanging a yoga mat outside (oddly specific) and other exercise storage, mini dog parks, outdoor theatres, barbecues and more.
The Canadian Press’ reporting goes on to cite a Vancouver high-rise that offers access to a fleet of BMW vehicles and a Toronto condo that features a climbing wall, pet washing station and a meditation room, as forward-looking examples of what condo dwellers are starting to expect from units.
Other possible changes to current condo design are more elevators to reduce the wait times for people that live on higher floors, dedicated rooms for zoom conversations/co-working spaces and multi-purpose lounges.
Finally, the story mentions a specific condo development in North York, Ontario spearheaded by M2M that features a gym, a yoga deck, bocce and basketball courts, hammocks, a kids’ play area and even a putting green.