This design merges the building needs of a municipal Department of Public Works and a Fire Station for a community of almost 100,000 people. The building is a machine for support services - complex logistical flows, user performances, and mechanical operations are organized into a simple building that is industrious, meticulous, and economical. Fire trucks, street cleaners, snow plows, salt trucks, pick-ups, sedans, bicycles, etc. have a storage place and lanes for entry and exit, some with higher priority than others. Highly tailored functions needed groups of rooms and zones, with precise square meter requirements (due to financial restrictions), in close proximity to some functions while further away or separated from others. Constraints on the site boundary, construction budget, and energy efficiency standards required a compact form and a regular geometric solution. The overall massing is a multi-level hexagon. Different programmatic zones are grouped in rectangular blocks and stacked to form the sides of the hexagon.
Location Mechelen , Belgium
Client City of Mechelen, Belgium
Year 2015 — 2016
Program mixed, public, infrastructure
Team Luk Peeters, Sanne Peeters, Ysaline de Lobkowicz, Yoon Young Cho, Aaron Weller, Alexander D’Hooghe