Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Fire Department Water Tower, Van Nuys Airport Building, California Architecture, USA Design

Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department

Van Nuys Airport Development, LA, California, USA – design by architect Matt Gagnon

Dec 24, 2016 ; June 5, 2015

Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department

Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department by Matt Gagnon

Design: Matt Gagnon Studio

Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to create public art for the LA Fire Department’s Air Operations facility, the “Water Tower” is a sculptural installation located at the Van Nuys Airport in California.

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The site is a state of the art fire station housing all the department’s helicopters.

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The structure is located down an alley behind warehouses at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.

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The facility is responsible for protecting the entire LA region from wildfires, performing search and rescue and air ambulance operations as well as high rise firefighting.

Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department

Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department

The personnel stationed at the site are pilots, medics and traditional firefighters.

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Inside the entrance gate behind a row of nondescript warehouses, Matt Gagnon designed a tower to proclaim the significance of the facility and assure the first time visitor that this is not another storage building.

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Impressed by the white sculptural forms formed when the helicopters drop water on wildfires, Matt Gagnon created a 32 feet tall folded steel structure to evoke a giant blast of water.

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As the light changes at the site the crisp geometric steel panels soften and take on the quality of spraying water.

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Matt Gagnon Studio

Matt Gagnon studied architecture at Cornell University. After graduation he worked for Gaetano Pesce and Frank Gehry.

Matt started his own architecture studio in Brooklyn NY in 2002. In 2010 he moved the studio to Los Angeles.

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