This new fire station for Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District 10 serves a community of small family farms and nurseries. Taking inspiration from local agricultural buildings, our design layered the subtle rural character of the area over the distinct functions of living and working.
We oriented the firefighters’ living quarters to face views of Mt. Hood and to soften sun and wind exposure, while still maintaining emergency response requirements with direct access to the apparatus bay. Wood siding for the living quarters was salvaged from a nearby barn and treated using an ancient Japanese charring process, Shou-Sugi-Ban, which burns the outer layer of wood to create a fire-resistant, rot-resistant, and water-resistant finish.