Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Zaha Hadid Architects - Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993)

"In response to the major fire in 1981, Vitra resolved to build its own fire station. The commission for the structure was awarded to Zaha Hadid. Her first work ever to be realized, the building consists of a garage for fire engines, showers and locker rooms for the fire fighters and a conference room with kitchen facilities. The Fire Station is a sculpture of cast in-situ concrete that contrasts with the orthogonal order of the adjacent factory buildings like the frozen image of an explosion in a photograph. Today the building functions as an exhibition space."

Overall view from southwest with Siza´s building in the background

Perspective of the garage space with the entrance in the background

Transversal view of the garage and its gates

View of the fireman´s dinning room and kitchen

View of the rest and locker room