Tramsingel 71, Breda
Willem Jan Neutelings
Industrial and public-utility buildings
PUBLICATIONS:Bouwen met Staal 1999-3/4; de Architect 1999-10; El Croquis 1998-92; 1999-94; Baumeister 2000-1; Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 2001-3/4; Jaarboek 1999-2000; J. van Geest - Architectuurgids Breda, 2002; Aan het Werk/At Work, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, 2003
The Breda fire station divides its primary activities among four zones: training grounds, workshops, sports halls and the appliance bay. Above the latter is a zone of sleeping quarters interspersed with roof gardens. A three-storey office wing takes up the entire depth of the complex above the workshops. Set square to this wing is a triangular volume of classrooms and a terrace hewn from the roof plane. These wings of offices, classrooms and bedrooms are all yoked to a central space. With a circular wall around the entire ensemble and all volumes in the same red brick, this fire station comes across as a regular fortress.