Fire Station 11
Fire Station 11 presented a demanding program with a relatively small construction budget, and was sited on a complex and difficult lot. In order to give the building the presence a public edifice deserves, a design strategy of opportunism was applied.
The building is conceived as a metaphorical 3-D plaiding. Each building system was allowed to find its ideal form. The relationships between systems was not considered. The irregular relationships create a unique aesthetic experience. Where possible, necessities were exploited to give the otherwise functional design formal refinement. A structural brick angle necessitated by the height of the exterior wall was set forward to create a relief which gives a hint of sculptural form to the exterior. To give the building a civic presence, super graphics were created from different color bricks and grout.