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Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Simple, angled concrete structure, without detail

Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany, Built 1990 – 1993

Photo by Markus Keuter, 2011 flickr.com, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The Vitra Fire Station is significant as Zaha Hadid's first major built architecural work. At less than a thousand square feet, the German structure proves that many successful and famous architects start out small.

About Zaha Hadid's Vitra Fire Station:

Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Opened: 1993
Size: 9172 square feet (852 square meters)
Construction Materials: exposed, reinforced in-situ concrete
Location: Basel, Switzerland is the nearest city to the German Vitra Campus

"The whole building is movement, frozen. It expresses the tension of being on the alert; and the potential to explode into action at any moment."

Learn More:

Source: Vitra Fire Station Project Summary, Zaha Hadid Architects website (PDF). Accessed November 13, 2012.

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