Located in Manitoba, Canada, Brandon Firehall No.1 was designed by CIBINEL Architects Ltd. A dramatic hose tower stands proud in the landscape and acts as an urban marker for people entering the City along the neighbouring street. Through a series of walls and fire separations, the tower also acts as a training facility and exit stair connecting the apparatus floor with the dorms on the second level. The solution integrates functionality seamlessly into the aesthetics, giving appropriate expression to the demands of the facility while creating an effective civic presence.
Impervious dark brick cladding descends the tower and wraps around the building’s horizontal walking surfaces, allowing for a natural runoff of water to be reabsorbed by the site’s indigenous grasses. This facility validates the idea that a primarily utilitarian program, which often times results in a prefabricated solution, can become a sophisticated architectural project that contributes to its surrounding community and landscape while still fulfilling its demanding functional requirements on a modest budget.