At the entrance of the Ahr River Valley, almost 870 metres above sealevel, a new landmark sits proudly within a little market town, Sand in Taufers. The building is characterised by its unique functionality, which is reflected in a clear and simple linear shape. Its most noticeable feature however is probably the MUSTARD YELLOW paint that covers every inch of the exterior. The building in question is a cutting-edge fire station which was built by Pedevilla architects in 2016 but it was only this year that the striking paintjob was applied.
Undeniably conspicuous against a moody backdrop of misty mountains and imposing pines, there’s something friendly and solid about the structure – an architectural ‘golden retriever’. As a working building, the fire station remains true to its intended function. In appearance, the exterior of the building takes a no-nonsense approach to redundant ornaments; they have all been deliberately omitted! This actually meant it was possible to advance more ideas about the shape, colour and materials: above all the golden yellow plaster on the facade, a playful and surprising attribute, which makes up the appeal of the new fire station.
The building’s positioning fulfills all the needs that a fire station should have: a big training space in front of the hall, enough parking and the possibility to extend the building further in the future. Sand in Taufers is widely known as an energy saving municipality that spends a lot on sustainable energy output for their surrounding environment and climate. Because of this, the fire station has to be a high level energy-efficient building. To achieve this, the facades were isolated before being covered with a gritty plaster and the entrance gates, the doors and windows have been disguised with colored sheet metal. The floors of the operating area are grippy, impact-proof and washable, while the floors of the lounge area in the second floor are wooden. The yellow theme has been continued throughout the interiors - almost doggedly so - and for that we are immensely pleased!
Photography: Gustav Willeit