Burlingame Fire Station

Location: Burlingame, California
Client: Burlingame Fire Department
Design Services: Architecture
Project Type: Community, Expansion, Fire Station, Historic Rehab
Architects: Group 4/Architecture (Robin Chiang as Principal Architect)
Awards: Design Award – AIA San Mateo County


The Burlingame fire station is a completely new building, replacing a smaller, popular and historic fire station built in the 1920s. The old building was reputed to have been designed by noted Bay Area architect Willis Polk. However, it needed seismic and ADA upgrades and was too small for the latest equipment and more firefighters. This larger building designed by Robin Chiang retains the spirit of the original while being made of lighter, easier to contour, and seismically superior exterior materials. The exterior design is the result of historic research. The dignity and grace of a former era has been recreated in this larger building by painstaking attention to the proportions and composition of facade elements—it resembles the original, yet is much wider and its equipment bay doors are much larger. Its interior has a functional, contemporary layout punctuated by a few strategically placed fixtures and details from the past.

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