“…. The project has shown once again that a broad and intensive participation of users, which goes far beyond the usual level in a public architectural project, is the way for us to reach our goal. One goal is to build a functionally excellent building and therefore the firefighters are simply indispensable in their expertise of how they want to use the building individually, beyond all written space-allocation. Another goal is to achieve a high level of satisfaction, what was successfully done, because we made most of the decisions together. Participating as a user, as a citizen, as a human in the decision-making process creates self-efficacy.The human being getting to know about it, that he/she can make something of his own.This gives sense and motivation to his/her work. Is there anything more meaningful, than to give more meaning and motivation to voluntary work and taking care to provide good conditions for their commitment ? That in turn gives our work as architects immense sense and motivation. “
We wish the very best to the local fire brigade of Hohenweiler in their new building and may they return safely from all their operations.
Photography: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel