Antwerp (BE)

A new Fire Station was built on Gaston Fabrélaan in the Antwerp suburb of Wilrijk on the south of the city. The barracks are included in the building line of the street and provide for the accommodation of a depot, offices and living room, rug and sleeping quarters.

The building consists of a solid wooden support structure with a central staircase that connects the different floors and ensures smooth handling during an intervention call. Special attention is paid to the tectonic legibility of the facades, whereby the typological stacking of a depot, house and tower is expressed. A red-nuanced materialization of St. Joris glazed bricks provides a description in the neighborhood; an "architecture parlante" in which form and appearance irrevocably recall the function of the fire Station.


Architect:       HCVA Rotterdam
Photos:          St. Joris Keramische Industrie b.v.
Supplier:        St. Joris Keramische Industrie b.v.