plot studios: san francisco fire station competition plot studios: san francisco fire station competition
sep 22, 2013

plot studios: san francisco fire station competition

plot studios: san francisco fire station competition
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based on the heroism of the firefighters and the atmosphere of the surrounding site, this proposal for the san francisco fire station by lisbon-based plot studios features a cantilevered volume inserted between two stacked towers. constructed from concrete the vertical training tower acts as a landmark for the site and is linked by a horizontal layer that contains the interior garages and outfit rooms. giving an apparent sense of levitation, the white geometric volume extends outwards towards the main street, creating a covered square beneath. made from metal sheets, the form contains the firefighter’s residence area and other fire station activities. linking the separate looking volumes is an interior void, which makes it possible to rapidly access the garages below from two efficient slides. seeking to engage with the essence of the site, the materials applied are informed by the nearby dock containers, such as concrete and metal sheets. the proposal aims to establish a place for the san francisco firefighters that achieves the necessary intensity and atmosphere that the heroes deserve.




image showing the covered square under the cantilevered white volume 
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the building responds to the atmosphere of its location and the nearby docks
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building in its surrounding context, showing the intensity of the site
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presentation room
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the interior lounge
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aerial view
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concept diagrams
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program diagrams
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  • Um, “intensity of site”? What, exactly, does this mean?
    From the air, this looks like an edge-o-the-city, urban waste recycling plant with helicopter pads.
    And why the “presentation room”? Is this what the helicopter pads are really about? Making sure officials arrive on-time for those ever important presentations? ( check SF’s codes and practices for helicopter use- not much there, as most is forbidden for excellent reasons.) Or maybe it will be rented out for Nordic weddings or church services. It does have that chapel/sauna kind of feel.
    This looks like a mash up from Star Trek movies and design magazines celebrating “site intensity” for that butch man with poor taste and money to burn. And a SWIMMING POOL??? Seriously?
    But still, I wish we were shown those ” badrooms” present in the drawings. Maybe this would convince me that the rest of this fright is all worth it.

    mkc says:
  • Amazing Project! Clearly there was a lot of thinking! The images are very well done

    OMA says:

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