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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Brandon Fire Hall No.1 in Brandon, Canada by Cibinel Architects

April 16th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The dynamic new 30,000 sq ft Brandon Fire and Emergency Services Building 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 and modest budget.

Brandon Fire Hall's geometry creates a dramatic entry point

  • Architects: Cibinel Architects Ltd
  • Project: Brandon Fire Hall No.1
  • Location: 120 – 19th Street North, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • Client: City of Brandon
  • Collaborators: Collins Design Service – Fire Station Consultant
  • Engineers: Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd, Epp Siepman Engineering Inc, Nova 3 Engineering Ltd, Williams Engineering Inc, M. Block & Associates Ltd

Public Entry at Dusk

  • Landscape Architects: Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architecture & Planning
  • Contractor: BIRD Construction
  • Size: 30,000 sq ft
  • Construction Cost: $9.3 million
  • Completed: September 2010
  • Awards: F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Award of Merit, 2009
  • Photographer: Mike Karakas

Transparent volume between the two Building wings

The facility is divided into two formal components, a fire hall wing and an administrative wing. Severing the two components through the formal gesture of a pivot appropriately orients the fire hall wing with the street and aligns the administrative wing with the creek to the northwest. The separation allows daylight to penetrate the buildings on all sides, and a single-loaded corridor animates the façade with human movement and activity. A minimally detailed, non-programmed transparent volume situated between the two wings acts as a dramatic entry into both sections of the facility, mediating the two programs with a thin hovering glulam bridge.

Circulation space

The public entry engages and welcomes the community with a generous landscaped public ‘plaza’ enclosed by the museum to the north, and the apparatus floor to the south. The museum features a “Bickle”, an 80-year-old fire truck situated as if it is ready to take off to the next call, while the apparatus floor houses the current emergency fleet. Extensive glazing surrounding the plaza highlights the rich history of the fire department in the City, and allows visitors a glance into a state of the art facility.

Glulam Bridge connects to Elevated outdoor seating area

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. By integrating training facilities within the building, the availability of low ad no-cost training opportunities was expanded. 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.

Museum showcases the history of the department

The solution integrates functionality seamlessly into the aesthetics, giving appropriate expression to the demands of the facility while creating unique and effective civic presence in the community.

Transition Space

Cibinel Architects is a mid-size consulting office offering personalized service to institutional, recreational, corporate, cultural, and commercial clients. We have sound ideas for unique design challenges, and attract clients looking for leading edge solutions to building projects.

Brandon Fire Hall 2nd floor plan

Brandon Fire Hall main floor plan

Brandon Fire Hall site plan

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