studio gang plans new york fire station as an active training center studio gang plans new york fire station as an active training center
jan 29, 2016

studio gang plans new york fire station as an active training center

studio gang plans new york fire station as an active training center
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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

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project info:


location: brooklyn, new york
status: in design
client: new york fire department
type: civic
size: 20,000 sqf


  • The Fire Station Design is quite marvelous. You have taken a box and made strategically placed recessed cutouts that you enhanced with color (the diagonal coloring is busy). I think the building is visually poetic. I will assume that the cutouts tell me something about what is going on inside. If that is the case then you have created a building where [Form Embraces Function]. On your high-rises the form overwhelms the function and becomes visually disorienting. Read the Scientific American article on the drip paintings of Jackson Pollack. With the optimum of imagination and information you get a masterpiece.

    Kenneth Smythe says:

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