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The modern architecture of the new City of Phoenix Fire Station No. 59 responds to the desert environment as well as the surrounding industrial context. The cylindrical form of the Fire Station’s physical fitness room, cladded on the exterior with insulated metal wall paneling, with translucent glass fin fenestration metaphorically speaks to the fire stations primary mission requirement as a first responder serving the industrial context of the large surrounding fuel tank farm structures. The use of natural materials for both buildings, including locally manufactured integral color ground face concrete block units, the prevalent use of steel, and perforated metal further relate to the industrial buildings near the site. The Fire Station’s west façade is protected from the harsh desert sun by a continuous horizontal steel shade canopy over the apparatus bay doors while the main entrance is protected by a deep roof overhang and a vertical shade screen of perforated metal.
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