Fire Station/

Josep Ferrando


Project Details



Moià / Spain


Fire Station

Year (Design/Construction):

2017 / 2020

Area (Net/Gross):

- / -
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Natural materials help to reduce embodied carbon.
  • Lean design strategies are deployed and material layers are reduced.
  • Structural grid is investigated to provide the most efficient material and spatial solution.

A sequence of structural frames, perpendicular to the street and the landscape, projects asymmetrical flights that enhance transparency between both parts of the territory, building a plane seven metres above the ground which seems to float over the fields. A neutral and modular element that will easily allow future extensions. The scale of a frame inside another frame, like a Russian doll, resolves the coexistence between the domesticity required by the fireman who lives in the park and the size of the trucks that inhabit the garage. A single structural gesture unites both. The industrialization required in the competition to build the Fire Station, in the shortest time possible, is resolved by elements made in the workshop which are assembled on site. A glulam timber structural skeleton forms the double pillars (to give slenderness) and the beams fitted between them. Wood sandwich panels modulate the facade in a chessboard game that filters the relationship between interior and exterior according to their uses. A construction based on the efficiency of materials, where no waste is produced due to its industrialization and where CO2 is fixed through the use of wood. Wood as a material symbol of the 21st century and as an ideal choice due to its low conductivity compared, for example, to steel. The material is structure, protection and envelope.


  • Client: Generalitat
  • Author: Josep Ferrando Architecture + Pedro García + 2260mm
  • Architects: Josep Ferrando, Pedro García, Mar Puig, Manel Casellas
  • Team: Ilaria Caprioli, Juan Mª Barbero, Roger Escorihuela
  • Consultants: Miquel Rodríguez XMADE, Josep Nel·lo, JSS, AT3, SGS
  • Photos: Adrià Goula



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