This sculptural and luxurious service station by Damilano Studio Architects will make you temporarily forget all the snags that come with long road trips, like cramped legs and astronomical gas prices.
Drivers cruising through Cuneo, Italy, can take a pit stop at Gazoline, which features an oblique build that is softened by a stark white wrapping. Glass walls are enclosed within a shell made of reinforced concrete cast in special moulds.
The two angled sides are easily the most interesting feature (perhaps inspired Zaha Hadid’s Ordrupgaard museum in Copenhagen) as they appear to be lifted slightly off the asphalt. On the rear elevation, a red steel block is detached from the structure’s body and features a motif of a wolf howling, bringing attention to the restrooms.
Inside, the interiors are minimal with all white furniture and walls. Hits of black, however, accentuate the slopping ceiling.
Gazonline illustrates that purely functional buildings – such as a mundane gas station – don’t always need to be devoid of style.