THE way in which we choose to live, work and interact in a brave new COVID world is up for debate and a Gold Coast architect could have the solution.
An innovative “podule” concept put forward by DegenhartSHEDD has been selected for short-list consideration from 250 submissions in a global design competition.
The competition, led by World Architecture Festival and storytelling platform PechaKucha, invited entrants to imagine post-virus homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
DegenhartSHEDD director Amy Degenhart said The Podule addressed the need for more compact affordable housing with designated spaces for both living and work.
“In a COVID world people are looking for affordable alternatives to multistorey apartments where you’re sharing common areas such as lifts and amenities,” she said.
“We also want to be able to work from home – walking up a few stairs shortens the commute to about three seconds.”
The Podule could be built on as little as 50sq m and includes one bedroom, a kitchen, laundry, living area and a loft-style office.
Ms Degenhart said the design suited Duplex sites where friends or family could live side-by-side, retaining ownership of their land and social connection.
“COVID has really highlighted how we treat older people in Australia, separating them from family and putting them in homes all together,” she said.
“The Podule to me is the perfect solution because it allows for both social connection, access to outdoor space and a home on your own title.”
DegenhartSHEDD also designed the ENVI Micro Urban Village in Southport where freehold micro homes on lots as small as 38sq m were put to market for just over $300,000.
That project was this week awarded a gold accolade in the Architectural Design Commercial and Residential category at Australia’s International Good Design Awards.
The winning COVID-inspired designs will be announced at the World Architectural Festival, held virtually this year in December.