Both fire station proposals respond to complex circulation paths and site conditions defined by their topography. Each volume serves as a retaining wall—buttressing higher ground and offering a sheltered space below.

Firestation Vierschach and Mühlbach

TYPE Firestation 
STATUS Competition
LOCATION Versiaco-Vierschach and Mühlbach, Italy
YEAR 2011-2012 

DESIGN TEAM Eva Castro, Ulla Hell, Holger Kehne, Chuan Wang, David Preindl, Peter Pichler

Roofscapes and access ramps fold to mimic the gesture of the flanking mountain range, accommodate the strict ceiling height requirements, and offer south-facing terrace spaces for public gatherings. The functional strength of these proposals lies in this vertical separation of the public/leisure spaces on the first floor and the fire station program at ground level.