Clairity reigns in this simplistic, two-volume fire station
This fire station in the ancient city of Neuss is a building of great clarity, both in terms of its plan and material. It is composed of two cuboid volumes, a two-storey block in brick for the fire fighters, and another for the engines. The latter is constructed from semi-opaque longitudinal panels of Pilkington ‘Profilit’ glass. The scarlet engines are indistinctly discernible through this translucent material, a visible reassurance to the community of their protection. As such, it manifests a different mode of communication to Zaha Hadid’s fire station: no need for rhetorical flourishes, let the objects do the talking themselves.