| 18 : 00 – 03 December 2018 |
Myeonmok fire station in Seoul by Yong Ju Lee Architecture has a distinct facade giving a unique identity to public infrastructure.
Designed in response to meet efficient fire services of the city, the facility breaks the visual monotony of a typical ‘red color’ fire station. Symbolizing quick mobility of fire trucks, the facade features slanting louvers with window punctures at different levels.
Short and clear circulation spaces enhance the functionality of the front area spaces which has fire truck parking and main office facing front road. A first-aid room and library for the fire staff personnel are located in basement floor while the restrooms are located at the rear side of the fire station for privacy.
From the Architects –
Previous fire station in Myeonmok area could not handle fire-service demand efficiently with its old facilities. New proposed fire station improves the working condition and provides locals the sense of firefighting safety by unique architectural symbol.
Program layout for short circulation and open offices increases work efficiency and firefighters’ mobilization for emergency response. Its distinct image of elevation will suggest new identity of fire station as public building.
Axonometric view of Myeonmok Fire Station
Floor plans – Myeonmok Fire Station
Located in residential area with large apartment complex, it faces 6-lane road on front side and retaining wall at backside from Jungnang Stream. The garage for three fire vehicles and main office with an abundance of windows are positioned facing directly to main road.
Fire truck and vehicle parking
It helps effective civil service and open and active attitude as an essential public infrastructure. Programs on upper floors are nearby vertical circulation and most bedrooms are at the back of the building for more intimacy.
Offices on ground floor
The louvers in elevation symbolize quick mobilization of fire trucks. The gradient pattern generated combined by two louver types of different depth (100mm, 200mm) is employed to maximize this concept. This skin can provide functional advantage blocking direct sunlight, but gaining enough lighting, openness as well as conceptual idea.
Louvers covering the facade
The windows with or without covered louvers based on inner programs give depth and variation in the elevation. While many fire stations stand out the most visually in urban context to symbolize their identity by red color and bold signage, this new station tries to deal with it by the building itself.
Project details –
Project Name – Myeonmok Fire Station
Architect firm – Yong Ju Lee Architecture | www.yongjulee.com
Architect of record – UPEM Architects
Project location – 475 Dongillo, Jungnang-gu, Seoul, Korea
Project Type – Fire Station, Public service building, Infrastructure
Built up area – 169.14 sq. mt. | Gross area – 630.76 sq. mt.
Client – Jungnang Fire Station
Completion year – 2018
Photographs – © Kyungsub Shin Photography | www.shinkyubgsub.com