ZIV - Zivilschutzzentrum Innichen
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Innichen | Italien
Hertha Hurnaus | Wien
In late 2007, the new civil defense centre was completed on the outskirts of Innichen in South Tyrolean Alta Pusteria. The building accommodates the local volunteer fire brigade, the White Cross emergency medical service and the mountain rescue service in a single structure. The project responds to its location at the eastern village entrance and to the small-scale single-family housing in the direct surroundings; it is an outpost of the village’s built-up area that, as is usual, sprawls on the fringes. The fire brigade training tower is a landmark – as a framed panoramic view and welcome sign – like an oversized 3-D postcard. The dimensions of the civil protection centre are ten times that of nearby houses. In order to lessen this contrast, the building makes use of the natural topography and is integrated into the sloping mountainside to the north. Stretched out alongside the tangential road, the cubature naturally fits into its immediate context.