Fjord City Fire Station
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This project is about investigating how a new fire station in Bjørvika can be close, visible and in harmony with the public. Oslo Main Fire Station is today located in the area planned for a new Government Quarter, and therefore will be relocated out of the center of Oslo. To guarantee the preparedness of the inner parts of Oslo there will be built a new central fire station on the fortress common in Bjørvika. In general, the practically useful function and location of the fire stations built today has made them more isolated from the city than in the old days. When the new fire station in Bjørvika is built, it will stand on a site that is visible, accessible and with a big impact on the cityscape. How the building is facing the city is as important as the building’s functions. In this project there is done some changes in the existing road systems to meet the fire station’s placement, design and functionality. This makes the Fortress Common, a long continuous strip down to the waterfront. Freeing the plot for car traffic makes it easier for pedestrians walking down from the inner city to the harbour. The building is placed on the back of The Fortress Common, closing the last open space in a row of buildings towards the street. The car ports and the emergency space for the fire trucks is facing towards the harbour front. Beyond the space serving the fire trucks is a park going the whole way down to Salt, an art project, and the harbour promenade. The park is a buffer zone between Salt and the Fire emergency. It functions as an extension of Grev Wedel’s square, and is a place where the fire trucks can stand exposed, showing its presence to the public in the park.