This design competition asks architects, landscape architects, engineers, designers and cross-disciplinary practitioners to reimagine the highway gas station of today as an entirely new Canadian roadside oasis for electric vehicles, where travellers can rest, play, eat, refuel and more. Unlike city driving, longer road trips create range anxiety in non-electric vehicle (EV) owners, representing a barrier to adoption.
To accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future, this competition seeks to show drivers the positive possibilities and innovative benefits of the EV lifestyle. The international, award-winning jury is looking for inspiring, boundary-breaking work that will help reinvigorate the built environment along Canada’s transit and tourism corridors to serve as a blueprint for the future.
The hope is that this competition will spark a holistic rethinking of the refuelling experience and explore the opportunities presented by the electrification of our infrastructure.
Entrants are asked to include a document of maximum 10 pages (pdf) that tells the story of their entry both graphically and in words in a comprehensive way, along with discrete images as specified below.
Image 1 (Required)
Site plan to scale that shows how the entire site is organized and facilities are integrated. A graphic scale must be provided. Suggested metric site plan scales include: 1:500, 1:1000 or 1:2000.
Image 2 (Required)
A 3D view of the overall concept proposed.
Images 3-6 (Minimum 1 required, maximum 4):
Conceptual drawings of key components of the overall facility with graphic scales or key dimensions included where appropriate. Please provide a description of each component or facility, with a maximum word count of 150 words, in the field provided.
Title of the project and description text (750 words maximum) describing the proposal, how it satisfies the competition brief and some of the key features and experiences for the traveller proposed on site.
Entrants must provide their full name, preferred pronouns, affiliation (university if a student or recent graduate, company if a professional). For entries with multiple contributors, please provide this information for each member of the team and identify a team leader.
The top three designs will be awarded with cash prizes:
- First Prize: $25,000
- Second Prize: $10,000
- Third Prize: $5,000