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Metal Cube by SOM Houses Emergency Call Centre for New York City

Photo © Albert Vecerka | Esto

Source: Dezeen

Textured facades and a grassy berm help soften the boxy appearance of this high-security emergency facility in New York, designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The Public Safety Answering Center II, or PSAC II, occupies a prominent nine-acre (3.6-hectare) site in the Bronx – one of New York's five boroughs. The building sits at the intersection of two major roads.

Intended to strengthen the city's 911 emergency response system, the building serves as a back-up facility for a primary call centre. The centre houses workers from multiple city agencies, including the police department, fire department and emergency medical services.

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