Fire Station Houten / Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur

© Daria Scagliola & Stein Brakkee

Architects: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur
Location: Houten,
Project area: 254 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: Daria Scagliola & Stein Brakkee

© Daria Scagliola & Stein Brakkee

We designed a small, transparent building for the Houten Fire Brigade in De Kruisboog allotment complex. The existing surrounding buildings of the allotments were a source of inspiration. Wood and transparent materials used for greenhouse construction, applied in a contemporary fashion with an eye for detail, were transformed into a building. In the translucent garage a fire engine stands at the ready.

first floor plan
ground floor plan
© Daria Scagliola & Stein Brakkee

When the building is in use it gives out a glow of light analogous to that of the greenhouses. The use of transparent materials, allows the activities of the firefighters to be expressed to an observer. Despite the fragile nature of the materials of the facades it is nevertheless a robust building that manifests the rugged nature of the fire brigade. The semblance of the wood cladding also contributes to the building’s sturdy quality. This building is styled like a diamond that shines brightly but is also very tough.

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Cite: "Fire Station Houten / Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur" 28 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Holcim Awards US

    Another wonderfully simple design with beautiful materials and great details. It elegantly plays off the industrial architecture of greenhouses which speaks to the context as well as allows natural light to enter the building. A great project.

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  • Wrong

    Aren’t you afraid it to get too warm in it in summer and too cold in winter like in a greenhouse? Could this be a problem?

    Still I have to say that it’s not a reliable firemen’ station. It’s more like a… greenhouse or beauty salon. Isn’t it? Am I wrong?

  • up_today_arch

    And bike station in front of this… Looks like teenagers training center:)))… otherwise fresh look for firestation…