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Fire and Rescue Centre, Chamonix, France

Winner of an architectural competition in 2012, Studio Gardoni Architecture scored with this important facility for the small town of Chamonix and the magnificent landscape of the valley. It is a building that fits into its location (the slope and the clearing).

The idea of the project was to reduce the impact of having a firefighters barracks with the appearance of an activity building on a site of many crossing roads. A fire and rescue center has a precise, exact function, where every second is important; this new building responds scrupulously, having managed to find clever devices to hide the rescue vehicles.

To minimize the impact, leaving room so that the environment can return to its place, it was necessary to bury and be more compact. The volume is like an assembly of program elements that interlock with opportunism to both build the neighborhoods (functionality and ergonomics) and limit the footprint. This principle leads to a building with two complete or partially buried facades, and two large facades that provide all the functionality. The expression of this opaque volume is enigmatic and iconic of the sports hall.

The materiality of these volumes was conceived in the process of disappearance, of presence of time. Not a time destroyer, but a time transformer. The nature that covers the roofs, and which takes its place on and around the building. The stone gabion foundations, the rolling fronts of the moraine glacier extracted from earthworks.

Finally, copper, shingles or standing seam, beginning at installation a slow mutation from gold to brown over some decades, like other many works encountered in the valley. A material that reflects the peaks, transforms and is transformed every hour of the day with light and clouds.

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Building

Owner: 
SDIS de HAUTE SAVOIE
Completion date: 
2016
Country: 
France
Zip code: 
74400
City: 
Chamonix
Street: 
120 chemin de la Forêt
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/cassettes
Facades/fascia
Facades/panels
Interior
Type of building: 
Transportation, infrastructure
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
STUDIO GARDONI ARCHITECTURES
Address & description: 
77 Rue Duquesne 69006 Lyon T. +(33) 4 72 85 66 90

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Nick Hay
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Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de la Haute-Savoie

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