Somewhere to exercise - and relax Compliance isn’t always linked to building regulations – at least not directly. In the case of the fire station at Charleroi, Belgium, the firemen in active service need to achieve a certain level of fitness. They are on site and on call for up to three days at a stretch. So, they need somewhere to exercise and somewhere to relax. The project's chief architect, Philippe Samyn, calls the fire station “... A real village with sleeping rooms, living rooms, a big sports hall and a roof garden where the firemen can eat and grow vegetables.” And because the fire station is cricular in plan, the running track on the roof is infinite.