Fire engine red is the informal name given for the intense, bright red commonly used on emergency vehicles mostly on, as the name implies, fire engines. Clad in rose-tinted concrete, the local fire station for the town of Vierschach designed by Pedevilla Architects gives a new meaning to the term that alludes to the bright red trucks within Richard Wilbur’s ode to a fire truck: ‘Beautiful, heavy, unweary, loud, obvious thing!’.
Located in the easternmost part of the Pustertal valley in Tyrol, the fire station stands out as a bloodstain in the Alpine valley’s snow. Its subtle reddish tone is a sign of the building’s function, since the colour is associated with fire stations as much as their contents.
The red color is a sign of the fire station ’s function and underscores its independence
Built at 1,130m above sea level in lightweight concrete, the structure may not appear a welcoming place. Nevertheless, the stone pine and native Loden wood used inside the fire station contrast to the concrete exterior, providing a warm atmosphere and a more domestic feel to the main hall which doubles as a meeting place for local residents.
The engine shed of the fire station is located beneath the hall. Occupying the ground floor and accessed via maroon doors, the vehicle hall is connected to the main hall by a spiral staircase that rise from the porch into the space above and works as a connection between the street and the parking lot.
There is no doubt that Pedevilla Architects wisely looked deeper into the unique domestic nature of fire stations, which technically offer a home to workers until emergency calls.
Photography is by Gustav Willeit