January 23, 2013
Project: Service Station Heverlee
Architect: ABSCIS Architecten
Location: Heverlee, Belgium
You stop off at a rest stop to 1) use the bathroom, 2) eat, 3) refuel, and if no other option presents itself to you, 4) get some sleep. But usually, you try to get in and get out as fast as you can because, generally speaking, these are pretty miserable places. But the architects behind the new service station complex in Heverless, Belgium (exit 40 if you’re in the area) call it an “oasis,” a place where you’d actually want to spend time. A Y-branch structural motif carries from the main eating and shopping hall to the adjacent fuel station giving the whole complex a visual interest and cohesiveness. The glazing is covered in a tree-print, referencing the nearby Egenhoven Forest. Read more about this project in the Architizer database.