Service Stations Designed with the Future in Mind
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As the progression of service stations continues, it is a truly inspirational story of what changes in design and technology lie ahead for sustainable resources, from the past petro designs to the future hydrogen stations.
Designing service stations has traditionally taken on roles of designing for the future. They, in general are an optimistic, futuristic, reaching for the stars concept where people, nowadays at least, can go for nearly everything.
But how economical or well designed can they really be?
Four, yes beautiful, modern gas-convenient stores are found in California, Spain and Italy.
Both the United Oil Gas Station and the Helios House are found in California. The United Oil Gas Station was designed by Kanner Architects in 2009 and is based on form and function. It consists of twelve pump gas stations, a mini-market and a car wash in non-traditional swooping approaches.
The Helios House designed by Office dA was the first LEED certified gas station in the United States. Ironically it minimizes its energy consumption by containing water run-off and implements the use of solar panels.
The two international examples are both based on the use of flow and movement in their designs as corresponds to the automobile life-style they support.
Damilano Studio Architects designed their gas station in Piemonte, Italy in 2011 as a prime example of ‘continuous flow’ and Moneo-Brock designed theirs in Madrid, Spain in 2007 following the theme ‘flow and movement through curves’.
These four service stations are visually pleasing following modern building design trends and also adapting green technologies in their use of materials and energy consumption.
Other new, even more environmentally sustainable technological advances are being implemented throughout the world.