A most charming fire station — Fire Station 76

In its simplest form, a fire station is made up of little more than a dwelling with an oversized garage. At its most complex, it is an embodiment of the values of its community and functions as a highly technical machine for emergency response. That understanding, infused with aspects of storytelling and context, inspired this particular fire station in Oregon, U.S. and designed by Hennebery Eddy Architects.

Fire Station 76 (All images are credited to Josh Partee)

Standing atop patterned fields and the Cascade mountains, Fire Station 76 serves a community of family farms and nurseries. The beauty of the rural environment blends in harmoniously with quietly formed agricultural buildings, textured with materials of simplicity and practicality–wood and metal.

The exterior of Fire Station 76

The station divides into two spaces: a vaulted apparatus bay encased with metal and a low-lying living quarters shrouded in wood. The apparatus bay is constructed with glulam Tudor arches and groove cedar decking spans over the engines, celebrating their strength and precision. 

The beautiful living quarters 

Cladded in a dark board and batten reclaimed and charred siding, the living quarters face the mountains, providing a place for rest. Warm Western red cedar dresses the porches and carve into the living quarters structure, sheltering exterior spaces from wind, and providing a rich comparison for the adjacent charred wood. The cedar is also used in the building interior, surrounding the primary gathering spaces of the living quarters. Daylight fills the spaces, highlighting the warm wood tones