Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Service Station in Saint Ghislain, Belgium by ABSCIS Architecten
January 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ABSCIS Architecten
Within the landscape surrounding the city of Mons, lies intermittent craggy piles of millstone which emerge through the panorama of a surrounding flat typography. This so called ‘terrils’ find their origins in the former mining industries and are commonly perceived as striking elements dotted within a flat panorama. Besides the landscape having been shaped through a number of linear infrastructures such as railways, highways and channelled waterways; the E19 and the service areas cut through the landscape to become geometric ribbons that visually demarcate the landscape.
The volumetric patterns that arise through the undulating flows of this location provide a striking composition. The intermediate areas located between the geometries shape traffic flow through shallow meandering green hills. This wavy/rolling design defines the structure of the terrain and suggests a visual dialogue between landscape and building. The green hills provide a balance to the stony arrangement of the service forecourt. The simplicity of the surrounding landscape ensures that the service station is seen as a striking object – a visual marker along the busy highway.
In the centre of the plan, a pedestrian path divides the traffic areas from green landscaped spaces intended for relaxation. The central walkingaxis offers the possibility to relax and access the terrain safely in order to reach the service station. By organising specific service station facilities logically and carefully, an obvious safe and comfortable environment is created.
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