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United Oil Gasoline Station / Kanner Architect

  • Architects: Kanner Architect
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 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: 2009

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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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