As our world expands and evolves, the amenities in multi-family spaces must also advance to keep residents entertained, productive, and healthy. The way we live, and work has forever changed since the pandemic, and we must keep up with the new standard of multi-family living in conjunction with societal needs. Studies show that a whopping one in eight people in the United States are living in multi-family communities and the demand for these buildings has reached an all-time high.
According to projections from a study commissioned by the National Apartment Association (NAA) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), many cities, including our very own Washington, DC, will need over a half million new units built within the next 13 years. The team at Hartman Design Group is ready and eager to be part of the evolution of multi-family living.
Our Founder and CEO, Phyllis Hartman, is weighing in on what to expect from the future of amenities and what we are doing as a business to rise above the competition.
What changes are currently being implemented into multi-family amenity spaces that differ from those pre-pandemic, and how does this affect the interior and architectural design?
The lifestyle shift to remote work began prior to COVID and is now a solid sociological change. Residents expect that developers will provide convenient, comfortable, functional, beautiful, and healthy work area in the common spaces of apartment buildings. Some of the features include podcast and “Zoom” rooms, work lounges, conference rooms and communal tables-all with accessible power.
We are also designing outdoor spaces for remote working with covered pavilions and power. Work from anywhere and the blur of work and play is the way people live today.
A building that feels and is healthy is critical to residents, especially since COVID. Indoor air quality and a strong connection to nature has been proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. We achieve this through thoughtful material selections, views of nature, and open fenestration that allows the interior to fully connect to the exterior.
Social amenities are high on residents list of expectations including convenient package delivery and pick up; prepared food delivery and pick up locations; cold storage for grocery delivery; pet spas; bike storage. Residents value time over money and want every amenity that allows them to have more time for the things they love to do.