Studio Gang has designed a new training facility - Fire Rescue 2 - for New York's elite FDNY Company 2. Planned to be built on a Brownsville site in Brooklyn by 2017, the station uses voids as an architectural element that helps the fire team better stage and simulate emergency situations, while bringing natural light and fresh air deep into the building.
"Company 2 is trained to respond to various emergency scenarios, from fire and building collapses to water rescues and scuba operations. During emergencies, the Company must often utilize voids in buildings, whether creating them to let heat and smoke out of a structure or locating them as a means of escape," describes Studio Gang.
"To enhance the Company’s training, the new firehouse is organized around a large interior void, a space that extends from the ground to roof level. The void enables the team to practice rescue scenarios that mimic conditions common to the city, using its height and associated elements of balconies, bridge, doorways, ladders, and stairs. At the same time, it introduces natural light and fresh air deep into the living quarters, improving the quality of everyday life within the building."
The station also focuses on the importance of community. The kitchen serves as the primary communal space, while open-air porches, a back yard grill and exercise room provides secondary social areas.
"A green roof, geothermal HVAC system, and solar water-heating system reduce energy use, lowering the building’s carbon footprint," adds Studio Gang. "With its adaptable spaces, environmental approach, and civic scale, the new Rescue 2 firehouse is both a neighborhood fixture and important piece of infrastructure, supporting a highly trained corps who safeguard those who call New York home."
According to a report on the Architect's Newspaper, Fire Rescue 2 has been submitted for permits. It is expected to complete in 2017.
LocationNew York, NY, USA
ClientNew York Fire Department
PhotographsStudio Gang Architects