Seattle Fire Department
Fire Station 6
City of Seattle
Fleets and Facilities Department
11,500 sf facility
Seattle Fire Station 6 is a neighborhood station located at the intersection of two significant arterial streets. The small corner site provides excellent identity and exposure for this important public safety facility.
The small site also contributed significant limitations for the preferred drive-through apparatus bay. Because the drive-through apparatus bay was predicated on prescribed dimensions, turning radii, and visibility to the intersection, it was determined that it could only be reasonably located at this very corner.
The transparency and two-story volume design that resulted put the fire apparatus (trucks) on display and promoted a civic presence.
The two-story facility has two levels of sleeping rooms and support spaces along the quiet alley. The more active spaces are in front: the station office, fitness center, and beanery (kitchen/dining area) to the apparatus bay with visibility to the neighborhood beyond.
Internally, the building is organized around a sky-lit central scissor stair that minimizes response time and connects the heavily used Station Office and the Beanery.
AIA Washington Civic Design Awards, Citation, 2014
Seattle Design Commission Design Excellence Awards, Honorable Mention, 2014
Photography: © Lara Swimmer Photography