Can a Gas Station Really be Green? Office dA Thinks so.

Office dA Helios House: A new paradigm in gas station design in Los Angeles

Office dA Helios House: A new paradigm in gas station design in Los Angeles

Office dA, a Boston based design firm, has created in the heart of Los Angeles this gas station that creates quite a paradoxical relationship for those who seek it out. For the everyday user of this gas station, it’s just another funky monument in the “look at me!” culture of Los Angeles road side architecture. This one really pops seeing that it’s a bit like a Mathematic simulation gone awry. For those who seek the gas station out, they have probably heard that it has been built with recycled materials, with solar arrays, and with a number of systems that would normally classify a building as “green”. Knowing that it’s a green building, though, begs the question: Can a gas station really be green? Since promoting the production and distribution of gasoline is the real focal point of the station, I gas think a gas station cannot be green. I think of this project more as an opportunity for the architects to do something cool with a gas station. It’s as simple as that.

It pains me not to be able to present this, but I also designed a gas station for a group calling themselves NoPec. It’s a bio-diesel company in San Francisco, who make it their dream to supply local truck fleets with the recycled fuel. (note to self: get permission to show image on Designcrack) . There is a huge chasm between my design and the design built by Office dA. Whereas their design focussed on the grandness of the gas station, my design was a very simple kit of parts, stripped down to its most minimal components. More images to come…

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