Concept sketch

Axonometric drawings of the construction phases

View from the adjacent transport company.

A site surrounded by infrastructure on all sides.

View from railway 11.

View from the main road.

North West elevation.

Nort East elevation. The covered outdoor sportsfield marks the corner that is most visible to the highway.

South east facade. A domestic floor on top of two utilitarian floors.

Staff entrance.

Front facade.

Access to the vehicle hall: glazed gates, fire poles and staircase.

Staircase: view to the vehicle hall and the office.

Upper floor staircase, hallway and patio. First floor office with a direct view to the vehicle hall.

Outdoor sportsfield.

Fire Station in the docklands


Siteplan. A dot in a landscape of boxes.

Ground floor: entrance, garage, atelier.

First floor: Office and changing rooms wrapped around the garage.

The domestic level on the second floor around a patio: living room, kitchen, fitness, outdoor sportsfield, sleeping rooms.

We took a conciliatory approach when designing a Fire Station in the desolate Antwerp docklands. The building is inspired by the wooden structures that once occupied the historic port. Small height differences between the building’s sections articulate the upstairs living spaces. These rooms, including sleeping quarters and a kitchen, are arranged around a patio. The cosiness of the penthouse, which is accessed via a generous staircase, is a welcome respite from the bleak surroundings. The offices and locker rooms function as a transition zone between the domestic and operational areas. Here, a visual relationship is established between the fire engines and the street. The wooden gunwale cladding accords with the industrial setting, while that of the penthouse has a more residential feel. The sports area with open trelliswork is a beacon that can be seen from the motorway.

  • Design teamDirk Somers, Eline Aerts & Sidse Hald
  • LocationAntwerp
  • Year2010 - 2014
  • ClientAG Vespa
  • PhotographyFilip Dujardin