Nordstadt Police Department

Transparency and openness of the station give police in public a modern, approachable image.

A mobile police station has popped up in Hanover, Germany, mixing mobility, security and practicality in one portable space.

Spanning just 8-sq-m, the structure is adaptable to move as needed. The steel container is covered with panels of high-pressure laminate siding and has an insulated roof and walls.

It’s currently placed across from the Turkish consulate in Hanover’s Nordstadt district, replacing a worn-down police Volkswagen bus which was responsible for protecting the building.

‘The goal was to create a high quality and mobile architectural project that could be produced quickly and inexpensively,’ says architect . ‘Plus, we sought to establish an open and transparent working place for police officers.’

The project was completed in just one year from initial concept to realization.

‘The 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 that fits with the urban and architectural situations in the vicinity,’ Wilhelmsen says.

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