The new Fire Station is quiet but with a delicate presence. As an autonomous figure, it represents a highly functional building reflecting its functioning organs. It is careful to address the fragmented site setting up a continuation of waterfront buildings while enhancing the dignity of the back street. The verticality and scale of the fire truck hall define the forecourt that converses with Oslo’s harbour whilst a more restrained and composed volume greets the back allowing pedestrianised access.
The symmetrical configuration affords an efficiency intensified by the flanking cores defining two halves - allowing functional and symbolical adjacencies. The understated palette of steel structure and concrete breeze blocks exudes a utilitarian atmosphere playing second fiddle to the lives of the firemen. Steel panels clad the building like feathers ambiguously acting as screens and canopies that extend the view from within.
Hai Jie Tan,