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

alvaro siza: fire station and barracks in santo tirso

‘fire station in santo tirso’ by alvaro siza, santo tirso, portugalimage © joao morgadoall images courtesy of joao morgado



‘the fire station in santo tirso’ and accompanying barracks by renowned portuguese architect alvaro siza optimizes the livability and functionssurrounding 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 fromthe peripheral streets, streamlining circulation. simple rectilinear geometries are accentuated through the use of material. the angular barracksare 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 withan 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 pristinewhite surfaces that create a bright relaxing ambiance.



image © joao morgado



siteimage © joao morgado



green space open to the public interior spacesimage © joao morgado



windows allow views and natural lightimage © joao morgado



view from the streetimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado



entrance between two structuresimage © joao morgado



observation towerimage © joao morgado



(left) convergence of both structures(right) stairs of the staircaseimage © joao morgado



bunk roomsimage © joao morgado



large garage doorimage © joao morgado




opening doorimage © joao morgado



a grid of concrete beams supports the thin envelope of the garageimage © joao morgado



control roomimage © joao morgado



circulation interiorimage © joao morgado



interior stairsimage © joao morgado



main hallwayimage © joao morgado



bunk roomsimage © joao morgado




site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



roof plan





















project info:



architecture: arq. álvaro siza vieiraproject coordinator: arq. josé carlos nunes de oliveiracollaborators: arq. marco rampulla, arq. pablo elinbaum. arq. patrícia teixeira . arq. josé pedro silvastructure project: eng. jorge nunes da silva, eng. raquel diaselectricity and security project: eng. alexandre martinshvac project: eng. raul bessawater and sanitation project: eng. raquel fernandesclient: associação humanitária bombeiros voluntários de santo tirsocontractor: empripar, obras pública e privadas joao morgado

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