A new fire station is built at the intersection of Churchilllaan and Beatrixlaan in Rijswijk. Fire Station Rijswijk is a 2009 project by Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur, designed to provide around-the-clock accommodation. Besides the four ‘rafters’ towering above the roof, this new fire station building is also designed with different materials for its exterior: brick, glass, and aluminum.
Designed to provide around-the-clock accommodation, this new fire station also features a gym, bedrooms, and lounge. The design of the building can be seen as a single roof above the city’s fire brigade head. There are four ‘rafters’ towering above the roof, stand at right angles t0 the corridors’ interior network. These elements are fitted with strips of glass, creating beautiful ‘light streets’ inside and out.
The exit lane of the station opens into the spacious, green Churchilllaan while the bedrooms are on the opposite side, on a residential street. At the far end of the building, the entrance is also accentuated by a series of floors. These floors form widening ‘steps’ gradually.
The chief fire officer’s quarters, canteen, and living room are visible from the street thanks to the glazed facades of the building. This facade is ideal with the nature of the facilities behind it: a brick exterior becomes a mix of brick and glass at the end of the building on the side with offices and bedrooms while a glass and aluminum exterior marking the garage on the other side.
Fire Station Rijswijk Gallery
Photography: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur