Hamburg office ABK – Architekten Bienmüller + Kollegen - designed a striking wing for the new fire station in Othmarschen. Due to its noticeable facade, the red and grey standalone building is clearly visible from afar. When choosing the colour, the architects opted for an effect glaze that reflects the purpose of the building very well. The basis is formed by a strong shade of red that was coated with a black flame using a specially developed technique. This results in a subtle black shimmer that gives the ceramic tiles a particular plasticity. Due to different angles of inclination of the surface and the light black flame of the facade tiles, the character of the back-ventilated facade with rainscreen cladding changes according to the viewing angle and the rays from the sun and an interesting interaction is produced between light and colour. Not only the changing shade but also the surface structure of the building shell ensures that the building is an eye-catcher. Thanks to the staggered vertical lines, a lively structure arises that, overall, merges into a harmonious whole.