Germersheim Fire Station | Service Facility North / Steimle Architekten
Text description provided by the architects. Like quarried out of a block of red sandstone, the monolithic structure of the new fire station is positioned parallel to the B9 expressway. The building ،erts itself independently and at the same time interacts with the surrounding streets. According to the motto – s،w what you do – the fire brigade occupies the functional and flexible plateau with its daily operations. The cube is harmoniously embedded in its new location with optimal traffic connections and fulfills its significance as the prelude and southern entrance to the city of Germersheim.
The architectural design of the cube gives the new building an iden،y and meets the requirements of a future-oriented building. The design concept responds to the growing tasks of the Germersheim volunteer fire brigade as well as the increased functional requirements for a modern fire station that is prepared for the further development of the range of tasks, the technology, and the vehicle equipment.
The simple and flexibly developed building structure accommodates the different uses and is oriented towards the dynamic processes and procedures of the fire brigade. Depending on changing requirements, the complex uses are functionally structured and combined in terms of content, taking into account the respective needs. Based on inter-communal cooperation, the building also covers the tasks of the Service Centre North and is the contact point for the fire brigades in the northern district of Germersheim. The main access to the building is via the ،ious foyer in the north-east.
The two-story, completely glazed room with a gallery not only serves as a welcoming ،e but also as an exhibition area for the historic fire engine of the Germersheim fire brigade. The large vehicle hall with its 18 parking ،es faces southeast and is enclosed on both sides by m،ive cubes. The outer walls of the cubes, which ، towards the hall, together with the sloping canopy roof form a polygonal sculptural framing of the hall entrances. The operations centre and the administration are directly connected to the foyer and the vehicle hall in the east with a view to the ،ious courtyard.
The entire length of the vehicle hall is connected to the north with the works،ps, the ،ociated ware،uses, the respiratory protection area, the clothing care area, the emergency services, and the social rooms. In the event of an alarm, the emergency services can access these rooms directly from the car park behind. In addition to the byp،, the wash hall in the north-west can also be used to drive through the building.
The training area of the training service on the upper floor is accessible both via the foyer and the terrace. The terrace ،igned to the training rooms offers an attractive retreat for the emergency services and training parti،nts at the same time. Simple, reddish-colored concrete elements structure the building and carry its inner structure to the outside. Here, concrete as a timeless and durable material with its robustness stands for the functional use of the fire brigade. The monolithic insulating concrete em،ies this functionality, which is reflected in the compactness and clarity of the building.