Damilano Studio Architects have recently completed the Gazoline Petrol Station in Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy. Seen as a strong reference to the idea of travel, the design of the service station represents how these short or long distance routes are interrupted only by a few stops and then back on the road. This station is seen as a place to take a break for refueling or just to stretch for a while before heading back on one’s journey.
With the same continuity, the service station is separated from the asphalt like a ribbon of road with the engine and wrapping around itself, creating a temporary volume to accommodate the traveler. The tape then sinks back into the ground to continue to other destinations.
The architecture of the service station, as usually conceived to be just a support function, acquires a unique shape. The architecture becomes closely linked to the concept of continuous flow that envelops and becomes the urban landscape without interruption. The reinforced concrete shell, cast in special molds fluidized, is closed by glass walls. On the rear elevation, red steel block is detached from the body and illuminated at night to draw attention to the urgent needs of travelers.