at. 103 Architects complete the Ave Fenix fire station in Mexico City
Due to the site’s conditions the fire station has a space meant for the general public. The chosen project for the station presents itself to the exterior like a simple elevated box that almost disappears behind a façade that appropriates it’s context in a game of reflections, floating over the maneuver and tank-truck area, this last one extends towards the street or incorporates the urban space while generating it throughout the analyses of the truck movements.
Inside the chromed box, both uses alternate and complement each other, organizing themselves through planes with perforations that vary in size providing light sources as well as communication between floor levels, as well as the classic steel tubes where the firemen slide down during an emergency. That way, making them share space thanks to the crossed sights in the patios, but without mixing them, the proposed solution achieves to intertwine both uses – the station and the so called, curiously, bomberoteca (library for fire men)—also connecting them, thanks to the height of the first level, to the street and whatever happens there. Once built the fire station, and emergency call will come and you can watch with delight the complete and complex performance of this urban piece that takes the most needed urban equipment as a reflection and architectural action theme.