SITUATE Architecture proposes alternative concrete gas station
SITUATE Architecture designs HELLO Gas Pavilion, an alternative gas station located in Dongying, the prominent petroleum industry hub in China. The project aims for a flagship appearance that distinguishes the pavilion from Dongying’s petrol stations deviating from their conventional image. The structure settles on a paddy field north of the main road. Due to the high salinity and alkali of the soil in the area, water belts are embedded in between the ridges to improve the soil quality. The alternating arrangement of the ridges and water belts forms a stripe texture. Echoing this unique texture of the site, the design team employs a continuous barrel vault roof with five standard semicircle arches, also reminiscent of the pipelines and oil tankers that hold the city’s industrial heritage. This modular roof system is supported by the concrete frame and achieves practical replication, balancing efficiency and distinctiveness.
South Elevation of HELLO Gas Station
The roof formation consists of five continuous barrel vaults constructing an undulating austere front facade and a long rectangular block side elevation. The architecture of the HELLO gas pavilion configures an eye-catching suspended massive body that depending on the perspective transforms into a slender curve diminishing the sense of volume. The proposal creates playful visual perspectives introducing an intriguing experience of size and space.
The design team achieves a dynamic flow throughout the construction as the varying heights of the roof set up a distinctive appearance defined by rhythm. The continuous barrel vaults sculpt undulating spaces underneath accommodating the station’s functions. HELLO station by SITUATE Architecture contains three basic functions, refueling, kiosk, and car wash. The project also incorporates a café and lounge on the second floor overlooking the field forming an intimate connection to natural surroundings. Alternatively, the space can be used as a conference room or exhibition hall for the HELLO group.
Aerial View of Site
Southeast Aerial View
Northeast Aerial View
Undulating Space of the Forecourt
The Continuous Barrel Vault
Staircase to the Second Floor
Café & Lounge on the Second Floor
café & Lounge on the Second Floor
name: HELLO Gas Pavilion
architect: SITUATE Architecture
design team: Zhang Minghui, Zhang Zhen, Ren Mingmin
client: HELLO New Energy Technology Co., Ltd
structure design: Shi Wei, Liu Qiliang
specialized design: Harbin Tianyuan Petrochemical Engineering Design Co., Ltd
area: 880 sqm
location: Hekou District, Dongying, Shandong Province, China
photography: DU Chen
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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom