Emergency Services Centre
Santiago Calatrava 1998
The 24-hour emergency services centre of the
Canton of St Gallen is in a sensitive site next to the monastery and cathedral.
Sensitivity to this site, as well as security concerns, led to the design of this largely
underground building, with only its elliptical glass roof protruding from its plinth.
The sealed space with its mezzanine floor meets
the client's requirements for a self-contained functional system. For the roof, armoured
glass elements of seven centimetres thickness and weighing up to two tonnes are
self-supporting along the curved ridge. Because this glazed roof covers the central space
housing the electronic control systems, the need for light and temperature control is
essential: a symmetrical system of rotating, arched tubes positions articulated slats on
each side of the roof, and thus controls daylight.
from Calatrava: public buildings (see
Simon Glynn 2000
How to visit
Moosbruggstrasse runs along the south side of
the monastery and cathedral in the center of St Gallen. The emergency services centre is
on the north side of the road, next to the monastery buildings - about fifteen minutes
walk from the train station. The building can be seen from the outside only.