Petrol stations are a significant feature in the urban and rural landscape, but as society migrates from fossil fuels to alternative fuels - what does that mean for existing infrastructure in and outside of cities? With a rise in alternative power vehicles such as electric cars, the traditional petrol station is becoming increasingly obsolete, yet these service stations tend to be in prime locations within the urban fabric or on the motorway. Left vacant and disused, these sites will have a big negative impact on communities and must be addressed. This brief asks you to think about how you could re-conceive defunct petrol stations or make existing stations viable again through new consumer experiences, services or spatial interventions.
You are to concieve of you own function for your site - its purpose is to Refuel & Recharge the local community - to allow them to 'fill - up' with something more relevant that fossil feul (petrol) - what your site does and how it does it are your choice - but it MUST recharge the local community - physically, spiritually, creativly, emotionally.
For the purposes of illustration only, the following would all be viable responses:
&acirc;€“ an architectural intervention that gives new artistic life to the community (poetry, dance, music)
&acirc;€“ a new environmental or spatial concept that brings new spiritual energy to the community (meeting places - reconcilliation)
&acirc;€“ a service, club or network that requires people to think about 'refuelling' in a new way (energy, socialising)
&acirc;€“ a business or service model that takes advantage of the unique design and location of existing service stations &acirc;€“ a consumer experience associated with the refuelling time spent at service stations that increases their economic and environmental viability
&acirc;€&brvbar;and many more are possible, the choice of project direction is yours.
Site: The site is disused petrol station at 96-100 Clerkenwell Road London EC1 which is currently being used as hand car washing site