Michielli + Wyetzner Architects has combined elegant contemporary design with emergency response practicality in the design of a new EMS station for Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The New York City Fire Department is opening the new station as part of a citywide plan to increase EMS stations and reduce response time. In terms of safety, this is a welcomed relief for the neighborhood, which has to depend on first responder units coming in from miles away. The new building will be called the Greenpoint Emergency Medical Service Station, and it makes an interesting combination of response efficiency and environmental sustainability.
The majority of emergency response buildings aren’t designed with aesthetics or green building as a priority, but Michielli + Wyetzner Architects take sustainability seriously. On their website, they write, “We incorporate sustainable features in every project and design with local environmental features in mind. Passive solar principles are employed in all our projects; daylight is treated as a prized material; skylights, atriums, and light wells are used whenever possible to bring natural light deep into structures and make spaces highly animated, efficient, and livable.”
From the looks of the renderings, available natural light will be a major component in the Greenpoint Emergency Medical Service Station. The station will have 12,400 square feet of vehicle parking, and “will house a four vehicle apparatus floor, a vehicle support zone, and an administrative component on the ground floor.” The second floor design will open up the center of the building for a view of the apparatus floor from above. The upper levels of the building will also include locker rooms and bathrooms, while the lower levels will house a lounge and kitchen space. The typical red roll up doors, a feature of all fire stations, will contrast with a cool glass exterior, that allows for ample daylight within.
As reported by Fast Company, in a press release by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects, the firm describes the building as such: “The 90-foot-long, second-story translucent glass wall, with a honey comb pattern set into the glass, appears to float above the ground floor and is part of the building’s strong identity. Aglow in the evening, the new Greenpoint EMS Station will be a distinct presence in the Williamsburg community.”
The station will open August 2012 on Metropolitan Avenue.
Via Fast Company
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