Fire Station Hohenweiler

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Bridges / Public infrastructure
  • Company/Firm
    Heike Schlauch raumhochrosen
  • Lead Designer
    Heike Schlauch
  • Design Team
    Andreas Litschauer
  • Architect
    Heike Schlauch raumhochrosen
  • Location
    Hohenweiler, Austria
  • Project Date

With regard to urban development, the tower of the new fire station rises12-metre high and marks the beginning of the village’s center.
In order to build this fire station in a local community of 1,300 inhabitants, a compact, efficient solution was found, that connects functional requirements and amenities of community life in an appropriate way.
The building is divided into three functional zones: the garage and workshop sector with four parking spaces, then slightly elevated the 2-story high front of the building that includes the second entry level, foyer and stand-by room. The command room and the Floriani feature a band of windows that face the street and the hall in order to have a good, clear view. The first floor above has an angular form and includes the training room, the administration and a youth room. Short distances guarantee an ideally functional working space in case of emergency as well as an efficient operation.
One goal of the community was to ensure excellent functionality and satisfaction through the involvement of the users. Therefore there was an intense participation of the Hohenweiler fire brigade also in terms of the constructional development.

Designing process as a dialog.
Producing an adequate project in dialogue with all affected persons means for us mutual involvement and appreciative communication of counterparts in all phases of the project. We realize, that communicating contributes the result also a lot to acceptance and identification of users. We believe, that architecture is about communication.
We feel connected to clients, which oblige to beauty and appreciation for design and we see our mission fulfilled, when an object fits very well into the landscape, when interiors spread atmosphere, when the users are satisfied.

Other prizes
BIG SEE ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2021, Winner in the Category Public Buildings for Fire station Hohenweiler. Architizer A+ Awards 2020, Special Mention for ‘Fire station Hohenweiler’in the category Government and Civic Building. Vorarlberger Holzbaupreis 2019, Category Public building, Mention for Depothalle Landesfeuerwehrmuseum Iconic Awards 2017 architecture, winner for Tom´s Hut AIT Award 2016, Special Mention for Tom´s Hut Best new architects 2016 in Gold for Tom´s Hut A+ Awards 2015, category Architecture and Small Living, Tom’s Hut as a Finalist A+Awards 2014, Special Mention for Munchkins Club Monaco and more