office dA: recyclable gas station

los angeles

last year I did a long trip through california. I was driving through los angeles when I saw this unusual gas station at the corner of olympic and robertson. I didn’ t know what it really was. now I found the answer.

It is called helios house, is a commission of bp and is designed by office dA with johnston marklee. the slick metallic constructions produces energy via photovoltaics, which converts solar radiation into direct current electricity. another feature is that the geometric angles capture rainwater for irrigation, and reduces the urban heat island effect with a drought-tolerant green roof. I also found an extract that says that they used recycled and sustainable materials to build the station. whatever this material is, I just know that I want this eco-friendly innovation experience that makes me feel better when I fill up.



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