Waitakere Civil Defence Headquarters / Architectus

© Simon Devitt

Architects: Architectus
Location: , New Zealand
Project area: 472 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt

Sited in a residential street, the project incorporates operations and communications rooms, offices for permanent staff, vehicle and emergency equipment storage as well as staff and visitor amenities. The building adopts the residential scale and form of its neighbors.

On a daily basis the building is occupied by up to six full time staff who operate the facility, maintain communications and facilitate training. In the event of a civil emergency the building becomes an operations centre for up to 40 civil defence staff which includes regional police and fire officers.

site plan

In an emergency the building is required to be self-contained for up to five days. To achieve this, water storage, foul water disposal tanks, solar power and a diesel generator have been included in the design.

© Simon Devitt

In the Auckland region the risk of a volcanic eruption is significant. The building has been designed to withstand ash build-up and has a filtered air conditioning system to allow operations to continue in a sealed state during an eruption.

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Cite: "Waitakere Civil Defence Headquarters / Architectus" 17 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=125010>
  • Chris Carlton

    A defense headquarters with six fulltime operational staff! Imagine that! You can reach out and touch it Jemaine!

  • Lexington

    Stop!

  • archi

    It’s the most beautiful girl in the street, depending on the street…