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alvaro siza: fire station and barracks in santo tirso
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feb 18, 2013
alvaro siza: fire station and barracks in santo tirso



‘fire station in santo tirso’ by alvaro siza, santo tirso, portugal

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‘the fire station in santo tirso’ and accompanying barracks by renowned portuguese architect alvaro siza optimizes the livability and functions
surrounding a structure that needs to perform efficiently at any moment of the day while still providing the necessary comforts of home.
a lobby, reception, offices, board room, and fully accessible bathrooms are organized over three floors that contain separate entrances from
the peripheral streets, streamlining circulation. simple rectilinear geometries are accentuated through the use of material. the angular barracks
are made of a uniform brick, attached to the garage space which is a pristine concrete box composed of a thin envelope made structurally sound
with integrated beams in a regular grid pattern. glass panels cut into the solid masses exposing the corridors and public spaces, highlighted with
an overhanging eave that shades the interior during hot summer days. all the structures are within a landscaped site where the green sections
continue onto the rooftops, and expansive paved driveways allow plenty of space for the large trucks and events. the interior contains pristine
white surfaces that create a bright relaxing ambiance.

 

 


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site

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green space open to the public interior spaces

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windows allow views and natural light

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view from the street
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entrance between two structures
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observation tower
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(left) convergence of both structures
(right) stairs of the staircase
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bunk rooms
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large garage door
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opening door
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a grid of concrete beams supports the thin envelope of the garage

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control room

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circulation interior

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interior stairs

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main hallway

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bunk rooms

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site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


roof plan

 

 


section

 

 


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section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 

project info:

 

 

architecture: arq. álvaro siza vieira
project coordinator: arq. josé carlos nunes de oliveira
collaborators: arq. marco rampulla, arq. pablo elinbaum. arq. patrícia teixeira . arq. josé pedro silva
structure project: eng. jorge nunes da silva, eng. raquel dias
electricity and security project: eng. alexandre martins
hvac project: eng. raul bessa
water and sanitation project: eng. raquel fernandes
client: associação humanitária bombeiros voluntários de santo tirso
contractor: empripar, obras pública e privadas s.a.
photography: joao morgado

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