ora ito: aire de la chaponne, highway rest area burgundy, france
 
ora ito: aire de la chaponne, highway rest area burgundy, france ora ito: aire de la chaponne, highway rest area burgundy, france
mar 08, 2013

ora ito: aire de la chaponne, highway rest area burgundy, france

‘l-aire de la chaponne’ is a 24 hour highway rest area located on the A6 autoroute, linking paris to lyon. designer ora ito sought to create a ‘non-architecture’ by integrating program into the volume of a hill. an ample green roof makes a single entity of structure and environment. the landscape is an inhabited shelter containing a sleek curved program of eateries and seating, while a prairie-like exterior helps break the monotony of vehicular travel by providing an opportunity to picnic and play. the circular arrangement of the space makes for optimal visibility and practicality, allowing a totem-like smattering of signage distinguished by shape and color. the fluidity of the form remains warm, harmonious and reassuring at night when the volume of the building is illuminated from the ground and trees.


‘aire de la chaponne’
image © ora-ïto | main image © fabrice dunou | all images courtesy of ora-ïto / fabrice dunou


pavers give way to a green-topped dome
image © fabrice dunou


graphic signage remains lighthearted
image © fabrice dunou


ample outdoor seating is park-like
image © fabrice dunou


a view of the futuristic, curved petrol station
image © fabrice dunou


‘aire de la chaponne’ by ora-ïto, burgundy, france
image © ora ito


detail of the metal parasols
image © ora ito


the fluid form on the main building
image © ora ito


convenience center for a quick snack
image © fabrice dunou


wooden slats cover the surface of the vending area’s overhang
image © fabrice dunou


ample interior seating
image © fabrice dunou


a series of service islands
image © fabrice dunou


image © fabrice dunou


curved glazing affords wide views
image © ora ito


dusk view
image © ora ito


green spaces are reclaimed after construction
image © ora ito


the signage shines brilliantly against the hillside at night 
image © fabrice dunou

 

 

site plan
image © ora ito

 

 

site rendering
image © ora ito

 

 

ground plan
image © ora ito

 

 

perspective of greenery
image © ora ito

 

 

perspective of outdoor dining space
image © ora ito

 

 

petrol station
image © ora ito

 

 

experiential view of rest stop
image © ora ito

 

 

alternate view
image © ora ito

 

 

interior rendering
image © ora ito

 

 

interior rendering
image © ora ito

 

 

proposed retail space
image © ora ito

 

 

curved inner spaces
image © ora ito

 

 

exterior at night
image © ora ito

 

 


image © ora ito

  • What a treat. This is a destination in itself.
    The up-lighted canopies are wonderful. We used to have gas stations with that lighting under similar round canopies; I think they were Mobil Oil or Chevron on the west coast of the U.S..
    Unfortunately, while the lovely round canopies have stayed in place they are now lighted with horrendously bright light boxes that have been affixed to the ceiling of the canopies. The stations are grotesquely over-lighted.
    Anyway, this French ‘rest stop’ is lovely, fun and refreshing.
    Congratulations!

    Ron Smith says:

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