Fire trucks and doors: 48 perfect marriages

The new fire station at Charleroi, Belgium by Samyn and Partners

When the fire service approached Samyn and Partners about plans for a new firestation in the post industrial town of Charleroi – half an hour from Brussels – their priority was to reduce emergency response times. With its unimpeded traffic flow for fire trucks, 48 lightweight glass doors, and village-like living environment for over 100 firemen, the final building went way beyond expectations. Entry talked to celebrated Belgian architect Philippe Samyn to find out what issues he faced during the design process and, of course, how he solved them.

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