Stefano Boeri Architetti is perhaps best known for his series of overgrown buildings (some rightly call them Vertical Forests) that have sprung up all over the world. I've often talked about it on this site and I personally have genuine adoration for all the magnificent work of that group.
Today the Italian study has decided to participate in the fight against the COVID-19 virus right here, in his country of origin, by designing a “primula”, a solar-powered building inspired by flowers that will be used to administer Covid-19 vaccinations in Italy. A project that immediately did not fail to raise a small debate, even critical, on the choices made. (Actually, as an insider I have recorded for now only of a graphic nature, on which I personally do not object. To me, clear and round, Boeri's primrose likes).
The project was commissioned by the Italian special commissioner for the COVID-19 emergency, Domenico Arcuri, and is carried out in collaboration with Anchora, Mario Piazza and the Milan Polytechnic. It will involve the installation of temporary buildings in all Italian towns and cities, along with a campaign to inform the public about vaccines and encourage them to get vaccinated.
The project of a biodegradable "primrose"
The buildings that will constitute the temporary vaccination centers will be characterized by a simple base and prefabricated wooden structure. A bit like a kind of yurt. The exterior, textile, will be made with recyclable and biodegradable water-resistant materials. They will be light and easy to disassemble or move when necessary, to bring the covid vaccination centers to other points in Italy.
From top to bottom, the initial project of the primrose foresees the presence of photovoltaic panels to obtain all the required energy, and a system that will find its place in the center of this "flower". Even the environments, arranged in a circle, will be divided by textile separations in the different areas of the "mini clinics" where the Covid-19 vaccination will take place. The interiors will be divided into bathrooms, vaccine administration areas, vaccine storage, changing rooms and so on.
The whole structure of the primrose will be able to "transpire", guaranteeing ample space and good ventilation to accommodate people in total safety.
The general design of the project for covid vaccinations in Italy is inspired as mentioned by a flower, the primrose. And so also the claim that will find its place on the facade: "Italy is reborn with a flower". The inspiration, says Stefano Boeri, comes from a famous piece by Sergio Endrigo, “it takes a flower”.