Infrastructure is a vital component within the urban fabric. Cities are constantly investing, retrofitting and building infrastructure. So what happens when a piece of infrastructure is no longer needed?
As biking and public transit become more popular modes of transit, the prevalence of the individual car is declining. Consequently, the need for gas stations is starting to diminish. Instead of demolishing these forms of infrastructure, cities are rethinking the way these public spaces can be used.
But the most recent project to modify these outdated pieces of infrastructure is coming out of Amsterdam. Sophie Valla Architects saved several decaying gas stations from being demolished. Seeing the potential for these spaces as communal gathering places, the design firm thought it was vital to save them.
Now the stations are a permanent light sculpture. LED lights are installed on the station’s roofs, lighting up the plaza where locals gather. The light shows have been designed to convey 20 different Dutch weather scenarios. The end product is a gas station that you actually want to spend time in.