studio gang has designed a fire station that is intended to become an active training device for FDNY company 2, an elite force of specialized rescue workers in new york. the project, which is planned for brooklyn’s brownsville neighborhood, will allow the fire department to stage and simulate a wide range of emergency conditions in, on, and around the building. the new firehouse is organized around a large internal atrium, a space that extends from the ground to roof level. as the team must often utilize voids in buildings, whether creating them to let heat and smoke out of a structure or locating them as a means of escape, the design allows the practice of rescue scenarios that mimic common emergency conditions.
red glazed terracotta panels surround a series of voids
simultaneously, the void brings natural light and fresh air into the living quarters. the communal kitchen is assigned as the scheme’s primary social space, opening onto the apparatus floor. the back yard serves as a venue for recreational periods, enabling social activities such as outdoor grilling. above, open-air porches introduce fresh air to the facility’s second floor. a green roof, geothermal HVAC device, and solar water-heating system reduce energy use, lowering the fire station’s carbon footprint. externally, red glazed terracotta panels surround a smaller-scale series of voids.
the design allows the practice of rescue scenarios that mimic common emergency conditions
location: brooklyn, new york
status: in design
client: new york fire department
size: 20,000 sqf