Project Description

Anyone familiar with the history of Encinitas knows that the area was first famous as the “flower capitol of the world”. Many of the flower fields included greenhouse structures with saw-tooth roof lines to protect the plants while allowing in the proper sunlight. This 6,300 square foot fire station continues this rich history in the design that also includes the Poinsettia flower as an important feature. The two bay LEED Silver Certified building includes sustainable design elements such as drought tolerant landscaping, storm water control with bio-swale landscaping and natural day-lighting. Furthermore, the design was developed with photovoltaic rooftop cells that match the saw-tooth roof lines. On a long narrow lot aligning with Interstate 5 freeway, the design incorporates a 320 foot long, 14 foot tall concrete masonry wall that is intended to mitigate freeway noise while adding thermal mass for interior comfort. The interior side of the wall is the main hallway circulation spine and is a second barrier to freeway noise. The triangular roof forms include north facing clearstory windows to provide interior day-lighting and standing seam metal roof with south exposure for photovoltaic cells. The free-standing hose tower serves a functional use for the natural drying of equipment and also as a building icon for signage to the community. The building is intended to be the expression of simple forms composed in such a way to provide direct response by fire fighters to the public, be energy conscious and promote the history of the community.

Project Details

DPA | Dwight Patterson Architects | domusstudio architecture​

DPA | Dwight Patterson Architects | domusstudio architecture​

DPA, Deneen Powell Atelier

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