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Together with the GHOR (a special ambulance Service) and the ROC (regional trainings centre), on the Leerpark (Learning Park) in Dordrecht, there was a plot assigned for a second fire station. This 'Multi functional aid station' lies on the edge of an educational district. There was a triangular plot reserved for the fire station where the front line should be a minimum of 12 metres in height to act az a noise barrier between the school it backs on to and the N3 road opposite.
The project mainly consists of fire engine garages, seven mechanical workshops, a 24 hour social area and an office area. In total they occupy 5560m2. Additionally parking spaces are provided for the 24 employees. There is also a smaller garage for the special ambulance service and it supporting functions which covers 400m2. The Regional Training Centre is 190m2 in size, this is the smallest part of the complex which houses a number of classrooms and practice examination rooms.
There are 25 overhead doors required for the functions of the complex which each measure at 4m in width. Collectively they exceed the length of the useable site in parameter, the solution to this problem was found in creating two streets in which there was the right amount of space for all the doors.
Reading left to right, or west to east, the three volumes that align the streets are first the Fire brigade and the special ambulance service; second the workshop and lastly 24 parking spaces. The entrtance can be found on the Western facade, from here you can access the upper levels. The upper levels consist of two perpendicular volumes; in the first, facing the highway, there are the utility rooms and in the second volume, there is the 24 hour social area paired with the Regional training area which is over two storeys.
The concept of staking the volumes is enhanced by the detailing used. On the ground floor there is a combination of translucent policarbonate panels and black sandwich panels, here the translucent polycarbonate adds an even spread of light to the workshops and garages.
The 24 parking spaces are enclosed by a stretched sheet metal fence. This type of perforated metal is also used in the first storey which is clad with perrforated aluminium sheeting which simoultaneously allows light into the spaces and dignifies the privacy of the workers. On the second floor the facade is completely open using a green tinted glass to provide a light working enviroment.
The spatial ideas that are apparent in the firestation are concurrent woth many of the offices other projects. The main entrance of the building is met with views along two main axis' of the building, both along the full length of the site and also through a void that cuts through the entire height of the project. The main staircase is also located at the entrance and it rises through three levels over 50m. There are cuts made in this monolithic staircase which create visual connections between different work spaces. They are lit from above with natural light and rendered with a light wood to accentuate to the circulation of the building.
The main social spaces in the building are hidden from public view, this honors the privacy of the workers. The terrace, for example, is located on the middle floor facing away from the neighbouring college, the terrace works simoultaneously as social space and also a shortcut between the volumes.
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