Earlier this week, Italy unveiled the prefabricated hubs that will play a critical role in the country’s distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. Milan-based architect Stefano Boeri and a team of consultants worked pro bono to design the temporary pavilions, which will be deployed nationwide in public squares to provide mass vaccinations. The design also considers the campaign’s communications with a bright pink logo that takes the form of a primrose, a symbol of continuous rebirth that heralds the end of winter.
"With the image of a springtime flower, we wanted to create an architecture that would convey a symbol of serenity and regeneration," explains Boeri, who is famous for designing Milan’s Vertical Forest, a skyscraper wrapped in a facade of trees and greenery.
"Getting vaccinated will be an act of civic responsibility, love for others, and the rediscovery of life. If this virus has locked us up in hospitals and homes, the vaccine will bring us back into contact with life and the nature that surrounds us."
Italy was Europe’s first coronavirus hotspot, and the country recently surpassed the United Kingdom with the highest death toll in Europe and currently has over 1.8 million confirmed cases. The new campaign aims to uplift the public and encourage mass vaccinations with the motto "With a flower, Italy comes back to life."
"The real challenge was designing the pavilions in outdoor spaces that could be built in a short time and include the flower as a constituent element," says Boeri in a streamed press conference on Sunday. "This pavilion is in the shape of a flower that can be easily dismantled with recyclable materials and comes with self-sufficient energy use, security, and protection."
The sustainable, rapidly deployable structures will be built of natural materials, including a timber load-bearing structure wrapped in a water-resistant cover made from biodegradable and recyclable textiles.
The pavilion interior will be organized with prefabricated self-supporting fabric partitions built of flexible and sound-absorbing textiles. Separated waiting areas and vaccine administration rooms will be arranged around a central core housing service spaces that include office space, storage, changing rooms, and bathrooms.
According to Domenico Arcuri, Rome’s special commissioner for the coronavirus response, Italy is expected to start vaccinating the approximately 1.8 million citizens that make up the country’s highest-priority group of health-care workers and long-term care residents in mid-January.
The European Union’s 27 countries are waiting on the European Medicines Agency’s approval of the coronavirus vaccine to roll out their vaccination campaigns.
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