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 design by architect Matt Gagnon, USA
Dec 24, 2016 ; June 5, 2015
Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department Building
Water Tower For The Los Angeles Fire Department by Matt Gagnon
Design: Matt Gagnon Studio
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.
The site is a state-of-the-art fire station housing all the department’s helicopters.
The structure is located down an alley behind warehouses at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles.
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.
The personnel stationed at the site are pilots, medics and traditional firefighters.
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.
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.
As the light changes at the site the crisp geometric steel panels soften and take on the quality of spraying water.
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.
Location: Van Nuys Airport, Los Angeles, Southern California, United States of America
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