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Vitra Fire Station in Germany by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Vitra Fire Station

Extravagance meets emergency response in perhaps the most famous fire station in the world

Zaha Hadid’s first completed building is perhaps the most famous fire station in the world (apart from the one in Ghostbusters), with a gestural, pointy porch that yells ‘emergency!’ The rest of the building is a complex collection of expressionist planes, and while this formal extravagance is not entirely necessary for an emergency response unit, the structure is a clear demonstration of the rhetorical power of architecture – and the possibility of achieving impressive effects with modest means. The building was commissioned after a disastrous fire at the Vitra plant in 1981; the local fire department has since extended its jurisdiction to cover the campus, and the building is now a gallery. 

Read the Fire Stations typology here

Zaha Vitra Painting

Zaha Vitra Painting