Studio Gang-Designed Firehouse With Red Terra-Cotta Panels Ready to Open in Ocean Hill

Photo by Susan De Vries


A bold and innovative firehouse in Ocean Hill is ready to open its doors.

Brooklyn Rescue Company 2 announced on their Facebook page that they would be moving into the new space, located at 1815 Sterling Place, today, Thursday, November 14.

The three-story, 18,152-square-foot structure, which topped out in the summer of 2017, has green space on the roof and an open area in the building’s center that stretches from the ground floor to the roof. The red glazed terra-cotta panels, created from three different shades of the color, are now fully visible around the window and door frames.

1815 sterling place studio gang photo by susan de vries

Famed Chicago-based Studio Gang is behind the design, which is meant to provide a space for rescue workers to “practice rescue scenarios that mimic conditions common to the city, using its height and associated elements of balconies, bridge, doorways, ladders and stairs,” according to their website.

1815 sterling place studio gang photo by susan de vries

The award-winning firm’s other projects include the United States Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and a new condominium tower that is nearing completion at 11 Hoyt Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

The city purchased the empty lot in 1982. FDNY Rescue 2 is moving from their previous location at 1472 Bergen Street in Crown Heights. The $32 million project broke ground in 2016.

[Photos by Susan De Vries unless otherwise noted]

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