Engine Company 201

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Friday, October 30, 2009
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Designed by RKT&B Architecture, the Engine Company 201 firehouse in Sunset Park Brooklyn was commissioned under the DDCs Design and Construction Excellence program. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

Designed by RKT&B Architecture, the Engine Company 201 firehouse was commissioned under the DDC's Design and Construction Excellence program. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

Last week, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) broke ground on a police station in Staten Island designed by Rafael Vinoly. This week, the agency announced the completion of another such project: a firehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Both projects were commissioned under the DDC’s Design and Construction Excellence program, which has raised the bar on design in public architecture. The firehouse—Engine Company 201—was designed by RKT&B Architecture, a local firm that has been around since the 1960s and has completed its fair share of  city work. The building’s red glazed brick and backlighted Maltese Cross telegraph its function to the neighborhood, while the glass apparatus doors—a first for a firehouse in the city—maintain a close connection with the community. Look after the jump for more pictures.

The red glazed brick and backlighted Maltese Cross telegraph the buildings function to the neighborhood. ()

The red glazed brick and backlighted Maltese Cross telegraph the building's function to the neighborhood. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

Inside the firehouse. ()

Inside the firehouse. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

The wall of fallen heroes was preserved from the previous firehouse. ()

The Wall of Fallen Heroes was preserved from the previous firehouse. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

Quick vertical and horizontal circulation was ensured by providing several corridors for traversing the space, including a spiral stair in the rear courtyard. ()

Quick vertical and horizontal circulation was ensured by providing several corridors for traversing the space, including a spiral stair in the rear courtyard. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

The third floor houses private spaces for the firemen, such as a bunkhouse. ()

The third floor houses private spaces for the firemen, such as a bunkhouse. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

The embossed Maltese Cross from inside. ()

The embossed Maltese Cross from inside. (Courtesy Albert Vecerka/Esto)

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