Free Trend Report Free 2018 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book. Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

This Fire Station Design Reduces Vehicle Response Times

 - Jul 4, 2017
References: archdaily
When creating buildings for emergency services, efficiency is more important than aesthetics, but SAMYN and PARTNERS' fire station design is a rare example of a building that manages to combine both factors seamlessly. The circular fire station decreases response time for emergency vehicles thanks to the building's location as well as its shape.

The fire station, which is located in Charleroi, Belgium, is right at the edge of the motorway, giving the firefighters quick access to a main artery through the town. As if this location didn't reduce response time enough on its own, the fire station design makes use of the continuity of a circle to increase it further. The circular fire engine hangar has garage doors around the entire building, and those engines are parked facing the doorways. When an alarm sounds, firefighters can jump into the vehicles and exit the building all at once, driving clockwise around the circle to exit and ensuring that they don't interfere with one another.