The new firestation is conceptualized as a publicly accessible roof garden that will be the fourth public area in Karlsruhe’s city park. The third element will be a newly designed allotment plan that will extend the existing Stadtpark and Ostauepark. But the main target for visitors of the park will be the iconic hose-drying tower of the roof garden of the firestation that accommodates a publicly accessible viewing platform and a café on its top. While walking up the stairs of the tower, visitors will be able to watch the fireman training inside.

Title: Hose Drying Tower Café
Project: Architecture and Urban Design for a new firestation and its surroundings
Date: February 2010
Type: Two-phase International Open Competition
Organizer: City of Karlsruhe
Participants: 89
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Site: Karlsruhe
Programme: Fire Station
Surface: 12.000m2
Status: Competition
Client: Municipality of Karlsruhe
Team: Bernd Upmeyer, Nieves Ruiz, Elena Barrigón García