Hadid's building was commissioned in 1991 and designed to house five trucks in the large space shown here. The wall panels on the right slide open and allowed trucks to move in and out of the structure. Eight months after completion, however, the fire station was closed; the local town had created its own station, which was large enough to serve the factory. The curators of the Vitra Design Museum had apparently been hankering for more space and quickly moved the permanent chair collection, formerly on display in the Gehry building, to Hadid's Fire Station. This move enabled the curators to develop the museum's program of temporary, traveling exhibits, which Vitra is now known for around the world.