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Herd Immunity Screen in Austin

Jun 14, 2021

Herd Immunity Screen

Design: Forsite Studio

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

Forsite Studio has completed an installation based on the concept of herd immunity. Conceived as a filigreed mask, the screen is part of a larger curtain wall system for a new wellness center in Austin, TX. The geometry of the Herd Immunity Screen is generated by an algorithm with inputs based on epidemiologists’ estimates for a COVID-19 herd immunity threshold.

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

Much like the physical restrictions of COVID-19 infected lungs, solid infill panels limit light and air flow through the screen while completely open panels, reflecting healthy lungs, allow unimpeded light and air flow. The pattern is intended to be an inconspicuous marker reflecting the pandemic era during which it was designed, not unlike a secret codex carved by an ancient stonemason.

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Herd immunity is a natural form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population has be-come immune to an infection. During a pandemic, members of a population are either: susceptible, contagious or immune. When those susceptible are shielded by those immune from those contagious there aren’t enough new infections to perpetuate the process, and, over time, the contagion shrinks to zero.

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

Initiated at the height of the pandemic, the project endeavors to respond to the program brief for a space fostering the mental and physical well being of the patients. To this end, a subliminal message of hope and a return to normalcy is woven into the design.

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

The lightweight aluminum screen has an average weight of 32 oz/sf, 372 g/m2

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

Herd Immunity Screen in Austin, Texas – Building Information

Architecture: Forsite Studio

Project size: 2600 ft2
Site size: 6500 ft2
Completion date: 2021
Building levels: 1

Herd Immunity Screen Austin

images: Forsite Studio

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Location: Austin, Texas, United States of America

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