Arendal Fire Station
The fire station is equipped with customized functions suited to cover the operating requirements of the National Public Fire Authority and Norwegian Civil Defence.
During the programming and planning phase, major emphasis was placed on good and appropriate design of the required functions, and achieving short communication lines between them. Emphasis has been given to flexibility on extensions and conversions., and special design concepts ensures that all building elements can be expanded independently. The building is designed to accommodate administration, barracks and days rooms, social- and conference facilities, and a fitness room. Additional facilities are workshops, depots and a comprehensive emergency service central. The Civil Defence Department have their offices in a separate wing with associated management, workshops and garages. An exercise tower, exercise house and garages are located in separate buildings on the property in close proximity to the fire station. A space was set aside for a helipad.
The building's identity is expressed in the chosen façades, materials and colour schemes. The distinctive design of garages and emergency service centre reflects the intended use of the building.
The new fire station offers a significant environmental improvement as it replaces an old and poorly insulated building in Arendal city centre.
The selection of materials emphasises the use of heavy structures in the areas manned and operated by the fire crew. The solid structures also provides thermal advantages as heat is retained from the day and cold from the night. In practice, this means that the buildings will have a uniform indoor air quality, reducing the need for energy supply for heating and cooling.