A Building Shell which Acts as a Signal: Myeonmok Fire Station in Seoul
Client: Jungnang Fire Station
Architect: Yong Ju Lee Architecture
Location: Jungnang-gu, Seoul (KR)
The small building stands in a new residential district and is surrounded by monotonous apartment high-rises. The new fire station plays a symbolic role in the neighbourhood. With its striking façade, the architects depict the structure’s public function.
Dynamic façade cladding of diagonal slats is interrupted by window openings at various heights. This makes the fire hall seem like a monolithic volume. The use of two types of slats with different depths – 100 mm and 200 mm – adds power to the façade dynamic. In the spirit of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, this fire station by Yong Ju Lee Architecture is a real “duck”: a symbiosis of form and function.