Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept

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Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

Police guarding the Turkish Consulate in Hanover have upgraded their VW bus for a tiny mobile office.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

The Mobile Police Station was designed by German architects Gesamtkonzept and is parked on the roadside.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

The mobile container is clad in laminated panels finished to look like wood and features floor-to-ceiling windows.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

Other mobile projects featured on Dezeen recently include a caravan-cum-disco and a diamond-shaped cabin on legs.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

See also a story from the archive about miniature booths for sleeping in.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

Photography is by Nils Günther.

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Young German architects office Gesamtkonzept has recently completed a mobile police station in Hanover, Germany.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

The police station is placed in Hanover, in the Nordstadt district, across from the Turkish consulate. It replaces an old aged - police Volkswagen bus, which permanently has to protect the consulate.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

Because this police car is placed at an exposed location and did not look particularly attractive in the cityscape, Mr. Wilhelmsen had the idea of designing a new, modern solution for a mobile station. His claim here was both to create a high quality and mobile architecture, as well as to establish an open and transparent working place for the police officers, that also can be produced quickly and inexpensively.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

The draft includes a curtained, insulated and ventilated facade, with floor to ceiling windows. The colour of the outer facade is selected to be close to the red-brown tone of the opposite Christ Church.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

So we decided, to use the steel frame of a conventional container for the supporting structure, that is used on many temporary buildings, such as mobile construction site offices. Good insulation and ventilation of the facade provide a good indoor climate without any air conditioning. In addition, transparency and openness of the station ensure a modern image of police in public.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

With these ideas and a first feasibility study we approached the heads of the local police commissioner's office. Other than initially expected, the officials enthusiastically accepted the design, because they too were of the opinion that there was need for action concerning the old aged police bus.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

Quickly they managed to overcome the bureaucratic, which often bar the way to project realization. Because all the responsible bodies indicated their approval we soon were able to carry on with the planning in close cooperation with the police to a ready for implementation state. The production of the container was done by a company that produces mobile container solutions for different sectors and industries nationwide, in cooperation with several regional companies. So one year after the initial idea, the mobile police station in Hanover was finished.

Mobile Police Station by Gesamtkonzept Architekten

The police station not only provides a significant improvement in the quality of working, compared to the old VW bus, but now also offers a modern appearance, which fits in well with the urban and architectural situation in the vicinity of Christ Church.

Facility: Mobile police station in Hanover, Nordstadt
Client: Nordstadt Police Department
User: Police officers
Architect: Gesamtkonzept Architekten, Hanover
Material: Steel-frame construction, insulation of walls and roof, curtained rear-ventilated facade, panels made of high pressure laminate(HPL)
Planning and construction period: 07.2010 - 07.2011
Effective area: 8 sqm

  • thedesigner

    Look better and friendlier

  • tom

    don"t like it. sorry.

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    How many rioters would it take to topple it down?

  • http://www.glasstilewarehouse.com/brick-style Jane Fitzgerald

    Creative, but why does a police station need some custom architecturally designed building like this? Something a little more basic would do I'd think.