continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china

continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china

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.

continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china
all images by DU Chen

 

 

undulating form generates playful visual perspectives

 

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. 

continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china
five continuous barrel vaults constructing an undulating austere front facade

continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china
the pavilion’s form is defined by the continuous barrel vault shapes

continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china
the staircase leading to the second floor attaches to the side of the building

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continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china
the project proposes an alternative and contemporary gas station look

continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china
the varying heights of the roof set up a distinctive appearance defined by rhythm

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continuous barrel vault roof tops HELLO gas pavilion in china
undulating space of the forecourt

 

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café & lounge on the second floor
café & lounge on the second floor
café & lounge on the second floor
café & lounge on the second floor
southeast aerial view of the site
southeast aerial view of the site
west elevation
west elevation
aerial view of the site
aerial view of the site

project info:

 

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

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