Multifamily design is not what it used to be!
On the heels of a recovering economy and cultural shifts, trends in apartment/condo design have changed (for the better) and developers are responding to a different type of market. People of all walks of life are reconsidering previous engrained ideals (you know… the picket fence) in favor of a simpler, more streamlined lifestyle.
But that shouldn’t suggest that “simple” apartment-living isn’t any less fabulous!
Gone are the days of sterile clubhouses, barren pool decks and cold, and harsh mail rooms. Endless carpeted corridors with poor lighting and confusing maze-like hallways are going to the wayside in favor of clever wayfinding signage and chic unit entries that give a true sense of arrival. The desire to have those “W Hotel” moments and hospitality cues as part of everyday apartment-living is expected in today’s market.
So what are some of the trends we’re seeing?
- Urbanization, or the desire to have everything “within walking distance.” We’re witnessing some progressive steps with regards to urban planning and we are working with urban planners more than ever to create a seamless design dialogue from doorstep to curbside.
- The Live/Work component. We’re all guilty of checking our work email from home, so why fight it? Developers are integrating live/work spaces into amenity packages which give renters access to workplace technology just footsteps from their homes.
- A sense of community. As aforementioned, generic blank-slate “clubhouses” of yesteryear are being nixed in favor of community rooms with personality and functionality. Imagine a space where you can listen to music or have a small social gathering; conversely, what if you’re looking for some quiet time to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine? These are the spaces in demand!
- High impact lighting! Harsh, fluorescent lighting is no longer the norm. Hotel-scale, dynamic lighting is now a part of the program, giving leasing offices and amenity spaces a boutique quality.
These are just a sampling of the trends we’re seeing in multifamily design… What are some of the trends you’re seeing? STYLE would love to hear your thoughts!