This fire station is in an eye-catching building and located along the dike from Hoorn to Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. Fire Station Hoorn is 1.900 m² in size, designed by Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur and completed in 2001. The attractive colors and materials in this project are transformed into orange-red facade cladding and a black brick stone.
The elongated shape and the color of the building are very attractive. The use of materials and colors based on the black tar walls and ox-blood roofs of North Holland farmhouses, translated into orange-red facade cladding and a black brick base. The base carries the storeys on top while the projection at the building entrance also contributes to the apparent weightlessness of the building.
The cladding of the facade continues inside the hall of the building and accentuates the entrance. It is an attractive effect that enhanced by the stairwells’ glass facades. A clear view and safety are very essential for a fire station so transparency and a recognizable structure are created with a clear distinction between the dirty zones and clean rooms.
The windows expose the internal arrangement of this fire station so the rows of fireman’s uniforms can be seen easily from the outside. On the garage roof, the transparent ‘little rooms’ provide awesome light for the spaces beneath and making the garage unusual.
Fire Station Hoorn Gallery
Photography: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur