The fire and rescue services station currently based on the southern half of this site to the east of Munich City Centre, must remain in operation as the new centre is built in two stages around it. This adds further complexity to an onerous brief for a building managing 40 fire and rescue engines and 400 staff.
The building volume has been carefully composed to work with the current urban context, in particular dropping to two-stories on Anzingerstrasse to respect the scale of the neighbouring buildings. The design also consciously avoids raising the scale on the corner of Anzinger- and Aschheimer Strasse by placing the helicopter tower deeper into the plan. This will mitigate the acoustic impact of the helicopter on the residences adjacent.
Twenty-one direct alarm exits are provided on Aschheimer-Strasse, with these vehicles returning and entering the site with all other traffic by a new access road from the north. Two courtyards provide the prescribed work and practice space. 31 apartments on three floors reached by deck access are located on the north west corner of the site where they enjoy west facing balconies overlooking the park beyond. The main administration, teaching functions and exercise facilities for the firemen are arranged over the deep engine hall to the eastern boundary where they are lit by three landscaped courtyards.