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Benjamin Robichon was the lead architect for the Avia Marees gas station located near the ‘Afsluitdijk’ and Den Oever’s A7 motorway exit. The tank island, which is comprised of tanks that dispense both conventional and biofuels, office and car wash are all enclosed by a folded envelope. The cladding on the sides is layered, featuring timber slats covering red panels, ensuring a bold but understated blending of the built and natural environment.

The structural engineers on the project, ABT, contributed to its status as a “sustainable gas station” with a building supported by a series of cross laminated timber panels, ribbed floor slabs and prefabricated timber roof elements. Insulation is comprised of a natural flax product which, when combined with the remaining materials, culminates in a climate-neutral design. Construction of what we hope will be the first in a succession of sustainable gas stations was completed in 2012.

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Photographs by John Lewis Marshall