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Recent remarkable petrol stations.



The list below helps you choosing some remarkable designed recent petrol stations. It proves that there's more possible than just a standard company solution:
Stations in the Netherlands:

Stations in other countries:

Malieveld, Den Haag

Location: Malieveld, Den Haag
Company: Esso
Architect: Jaap Moree (IOB)
Erected: 2001

This petrol station is located near the former Esso head quarters at the end of the Hague urban motorway the "Utrechtse Baan".
Forced bij the city esthetics comittee the design of this station should be more prudent, because of the nearby historical office block. Therefore a fragile, slanting and slim, steel canopy was erected, despite commercial wishes. The main shape is a triangle with rounded sides, in neutral color scheme.
The shop was not designed after Esso standards, but in a neutral style. The free and light design is only affected by the rough Esso coves hanging underneath the canopy.

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Brand Oil Ermelo

Location: Ermelo
Company: Brand Oil
Architect: ??
Erected: ??

An example of realising a more sophisticated design by simple means. Around the 100 cm high edges of a standard canopy, grids are attached on cantilevering steel consoles. All construction parts in simple, gray steel. The slight red grid sides, combined with the free standing roof letters, pay enough attention to the brand's name.
Some of the steel columns continue above roof level. They are equipped with fake tension cables, suggesting they hold the canopy up. Because of the attention this canopy draws already, the shop building is kept simple, The Brand Oil company realised more of these stations in a series.

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Kriterion Amsterdam-Zeeburg

Location: Amsterdam-Zeeburg
Company: Shell
Architect: Hoedenmaker (Inbo)
Erected: 2000

This student-managed selling-point is situated at the Amsterdam-IJburg accessroad, below the A9 motorway-exit. IJburg is the most recent extention of Amsterdam, to be built as an archipelago. There is a huge, rounded roof over the forecourt, seeming to be cantilevered from the backside with it's open frontside towards the traffic crossing from where the customers come. Customers are protected by the roof and almost closed backside, but they still have a nice view onto what's at the station's backside.
The cantilevering roof beams (under the Shell logomarks at the frontside supported by some small, ugly columns for stability reasons) support a profiled steel roof cladding, also acting as a ceiling. There are lamps hanging down from the galvanized ceiling like in a huge living room. The shop building itself looks low-profile because of the black panel cladding on the walls. Beside that Shell didn't add much signalisation at the forecourt, giving it a restful atmosphere.

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"Het Rondeel", Houten Netherlands

Location: "Het Rondeel", Houten Netherlands
Company: Totalfina
Architect: Samyn en Partners Brussel Belgium
Support by Ir Grootveld Architekt en Adviseur, Rotterdam Erected: 1999

This filling station at the Houten entrance road is equipped with high perforated metal screens, giving shelter to the customer. Together with the large slanted canopy covering both forecourt and shopbuilding.
The screens have a snail-shell shaped plan, leading the traffic towards the forecourt area. With two entrances and exit there's a quite complex traffic route on the site. The former Fina company intended to realize a high profiled station, based on the principle of the closed box, protecting the customer against wind and rain. After the takeover the site received the orange Total livery.
The canopy has the same sloping as the shop roof has, and so do the screen tops. This canopy misses the usual front boarding and shows its construction of perforated steel beams quite clearly. The sprouted steel columns which support them, and the narrow light openings between the parts gives a real slim appearance.

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Platvoet Enschede, Netherlands

Location: Enschede, Netherlands
Company: Avia
Architect: ?
Erected: 1997

Because of the existing local building regulations, accepting the existing coal storage shed, but no filling station, the principal designed his selling point in the coal shed's framework. Over the pump court has been developped a canopy, shaped in the appearance and dimensions of the former shed, constructed out of the old timber and steelwork.
This uncommon solution results in a really unconventional petrol station. It has been demolished again some time ago.

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Motorway A30 Barneveld, Netherlands

Location: Motorway A30 Barneveld Netherlands
Architect/artist: Henk Visch, Eindhoven, Netherlands

The location was originally meant for a real petrol station.
It was never realised there. When later regional authorities choosed the site for an art object, the artist decided to erect a "monument" in bronze, dedicated to the filling station. It resembles an American Route '66 shaped lookalike from the fifties. A small kiosk with a "baseball cap shaped" cantilevered canopy roof at the front.
Some bronze pumps and a lantern in front of it. The bronze prevents the object from being too much perceived as a real concrete station.

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Gulf stations N234 Bilthoven


Location: N234 Bilthoven Netherlands
Company: Gulf
Architect: ?
Erected: 2000

Cause of the strong design regulations by the Utrecht province esthetics comittee, this twin station was designed totally different from the usual Gulf design practice.
An ondulating canopy roof is beared by a slim, grey steel frame. It suggests a free hanging roof in the air. There are low profile company logomarks only on the shop building.

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Vissers Venlo Netherlands

Location: Near motorway A73 Horst Netherlands
Company: Esso.
Architect: Ben Keijsers.

This filling station was erected on an industrial lot near the A73 motorway. It is possessed by an independant company, Vissers Oliehandel. I got the info from Rogier Vissers from Vissers en Vissers BV, construction engineers.

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OK station

Location: Lochem.
Company: OK.
Artist: Painting by Araun Gordijn Netherlands

About this station I'm not sure whether it really exists, or it's the artist's own interpretation. Michel Drenthe told me by email that the station was near Lochem, and is demolished now.

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Gasstation industrial area Made Netherlands

Location: Near motorway A59 Made Netherlands
Company: Texaco.
Architect: Marquart Architecten

About this filling station I don't have any info. If you could tell me more, I'll be grateful.

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