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United Oil Gasoline Station / Kanner Architect

  • 01:00 - 27 September, 2009
United Oil Gasoline Station / Kanner Architect
United Oil Gasoline Station / Kanner Architect

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Architects

    Kanner Architects
  • Architect In Charge

    Stephen H. Kanner
  • Project Team

    Damian Lemons, Nicolas O.S. Marques, Jay Fukuzawa, Clare Olsen, John Mebasser, Claudia Wiehen, Lincoln Tobier, Stephane Corbel
  • Client

    United Oil
  • Area

    630.8 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Situated at La Brea and Slauson avenues in Los Angeles’s Mid-City neighborhood, the United Oil Gas Station is a marriage of the city’s historic love affair with the automobile and today’s modern one-stop shopping spirit of immediate gratification and convenience.

The daring and active design seeks to resuscitate a streetscape through integration of a 12-pump gas station, mini-market and car wash. The resulting structure is an original machine of vehicular form and function.

Reminiscent of Southern California’s ubiquitous freeway interchanges, two planes soar from the ground. One, a concrete ramp, takes patrons up and over the rear of the mini-market and back down into a car wash. The second, a sinuous and curvilinear metal structure, swoops down from the sky to serve as the roof of the mini-market. The form regains an upward momentum that carries it around the front of the market where it becomes a 30-foot canopy over the pumps.

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Elzer · January 22, 2013

Extra ordinary! Very nice!:)

Nada · October 14, 2012

i loved that

musa abd · July 29, 2012

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Culturetrap · July 26, 2012

Possibly the coolest gas station in the world: | #architecture

Andrew Crory · July 26, 2012

Possibly the coolest gas station in the world: | #architecture

Radiant Lotus · July 23, 2012

Possibly the coolest gas station in the world: | #architecture

Diana J Herrington · July 22, 2012

Looks like a mini airport.RT @pauljimerson: Possibly the coolest gas station in the world: | #architecture

Paul Jimerson · July 22, 2012

Possibly the coolest gas station in the world: | #architecture

Sofitel Los Angeles · February 16, 2012

#cityarchitecture: This week&#39s choice: United Oil Gasoline Station by Kanner Architect.

Minale Tattersfield · January 21, 2012

why is colour a dirty word in forecourt and petrol station design? #roadside #design #petrolstation

Marcello M. Minale · January 20, 2012

Nice design. I like how the sinuous canopy structure takes stylistic cue from the United Oil logotype.

?The Food Trucker? · February 16, 2011

@theminty @marianthefoodie - station @ Slauson/LaBrea pretty cool too, by one of my fave local architect Stephen Kanner -

McGazz · December 13, 2010

Why can&#39t more petrol stations look like this?

Jim@ shed plans · November 24, 2010

Great architectural design. The interior and exterior are just awesome. A model for all gas stations out there.

Richy MAKES · September 27, 2010

this makes me very angry. architects should not be using their talents to help perpetuate more gasoline stations.

blanca Harrison · November 27, 2009

Jeff Appel - did you attend Bothell High School for one year or so in 1976?

Jackie · October 09, 2009

What talent the design team has! They did an excellent job in creating a functional structure with a unique design. I look forward to see the more projects!

Alice · October 08, 2009

Does anybody knows what is the material of the borders of the roof? how did he get such a continuous apearence to that border?

rise · October 02, 2009

so cool... very inovative...

CMO ARCH · October 01, 2009

COOL! What happens to it when there's no oil in 20 years?? Maybe a chic new LA home?

Juan Gomez-Velez · September 29, 2009

It seems that the answer to my question is.... yes!, the designer was successful in creating a striking,different and memorable solution.
As our profession is usually anonymous and almost entirely lacking in positive feedback (Actors are applauded or booed immediately once the curtain falls, architects may wait for years for any sort of reaction) I feel a word of cheer and camaraderie is in order for a job well done.

RQH · September 29, 2009

This is a beautiful project.

I'm a bit confused by what you idealists expect from an architect. Was Steve Kanner supposed to beg United Oil to start selling hydrogen fuel cells instead of gasoline? They were approached to design a gasoline station so they designed one. And it's excellent.

vL · September 29, 2009

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oscar falcón lara · September 29, 2009

Well I find it quite brilliant, environmental issues aside, it's actually a cool design, full of eye catching detail... It may not be too profound but it sure is fun, something I see many people in the practice not having, which shouldn't be. Is this place Exuberant?, sure... excessive?, maybe... fun?, most definitely. What's wrong with that? nothing, and it was built, there.

Gergana · September 28, 2009

Reminds me of the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand...
Nice work though

Dan · September 28, 2009

Great Building! Leave it up to the environmentalists to complain about the damage they think we're doing to the planet. They should keep their religious fanaticism to themselves, and just enjoy the architecture.

matt · November 03, 2009 02:21 AM


PB · September 28, 2009

Wish more gas stations were architecturally designed...Still, I agree, the station does little to solve or mitigate the problems facing LA (pollution, over dependance on the automobile, disregard for the pedestrian, etc).....

I do think the concept and design is quite attractive and well executed. I agree, this should be the minimum.

Andrew Geber · September 28, 2009

this should be the minimum :)

Juan Gomez-Velez · September 28, 2009

I feel that the most important thing an architect can do is to strive to transform the image of the banal, listless structures of everyday life. Those who wish for mind boggling ideas and overwhelming inner meaning brought to fruition deliberately are usually disheartened by lesser endeavors. I for one am a modest practitioner, that sees every new project as an opportunity to try to address a building program or building type in a new way......and find it to be very difficult goal to reach. Architecture is not only graphic nor three dimensional expressionism, it's something that we build for others, that need a place for a particular purpose and are willing and able to pay for it. To find a sponsor, a client....willing to explore and finance something different is certainly not easy. This is something different, made in the same spirit that we would call upon for a larger project, something difficult to represent, to sell and to build and most probably unprofitable both for the designer as well as the client while remaining in any case an extremely time consuming and expensive solution. Given that, what do we see? A curved canopy, an oblong glazed enclosure and a rather interesting formal composition, as seen from a car. If this was the intention, to be striking, different and memorable, was the designer successful? Any comments?

Jesse · September 28, 2009

It would of been interesting to see them dealing with petrol/cars in unique way, eg in a more sustainable manner.

Sexy building, but what about the underlying problem of pollution?

guy · September 28, 2009

Ooh look at the snack aisle!

Really guys? a gas station? really.

Thuyle Van · June 03, 2013 07:50 AM

so what? no matter how big it is. we can learn from its architecrue form, can u do it? make a gas station more attractive?

cad · September 29, 2009 11:22 PM

what's next, a bus stop?

2MACoff · September 28, 2009

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Andrey · April 27, 2010 10:48 AM


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