Project Type: Emergency Services
Floor Area: 585m²
Year: Completed 2016
Project Team: Breen Construction
The NZ Fire Service called for an architectural competition for the design of the Wanaka Volunteer Fire Station.
The Fire Service required a building that would operate with the maximum efficiency and safety for the arrival and despatch of the volunteer brigade within the minimum response times.
The winning design prepared by Mason and Wales/Architects provides an extremely simple planning arrangement that allows the firefighters to abandon their vehicles on one side of the station out of the way of fire engines in motion to leave, and to tear through the changing rooms in half dress and leap on board.
Short distances, broad passages and doors allow this movement to be seamless.
The architectural form of the station also reflects the simplicity and efficiency of the operation. The high end of the building housing the tall fire engine vehicles, and the roofline descending gently across the full width of the structure in one long flowing line and to one single spouting at the far end.
The meeting and control room are provided within a wide bay window structure that juts out into the street to provide the optimal view of the arrival and departure forecourts, pedestrians and vehicles that may be passing.
The activities room provides an excellent facility for large meetings, training and social events, under the gently sloping roof that features exposed timber, steel trusses and a stone fireplace.
Built using natural and sustainable materials of wood and stone the station reflects the lake and alpine setting of Wanaka.
The efficiency and character of the building is much admired by the volunteer fire brigade and Wanaka community.
Mason & Wales Architects is an award-winning Registered New Zealand Institute of Architects practice based in the South Island of New Zealand.
Mason & Wales is the first Architectural practice in the country, founded in 1863 by William Mason, the first Architect to live and work in New Zealand and the first Mayor of Dunedin.
During its history the firm has been responsible for the design of a large number of notable buildings throughout New Zealand, and has established valued relationships with clients, consultants and contractors alike.
Mason & Wales work with clients from all over the world on a range of projects of all sizes and types, including Master Planning, Institutional, Hospitality, Commercial, Multi-Residential, Houses and Interiors.
The team works collectively from their Dunedin office, and from Queenstown and Wanaka, with a commitment to making a positive contribution to the built environment. Mason & Wales designs and delivers architecture which strives to be enduring and sustainable to enrich the lives of our clients and the community.
Mason & Wales have built a reputation on the enduring principles of quality, value and professionalism, which is evident in their portfolio of completed work.