REPSOL PETROL STATION OF THE FUTURE
Place: Madrid, Spain
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Maider Llaguno-Munitxa, Ivaylo Nachev, Amaya Luzarraga, Paolo Toldo, Fanny Ciufo, Alaitz Arsuaga, Daniel Dent, Sohum Bagaria, Jeffrey Anderson
Repsol Service Station should be thought of as a complete system capable of practically adjusting to any eventuality. The idea is that the project can join the conventional uses of a service station with a multitude of new possibilities such a new forms of alternative energy. Our “Energy Garden” is a place where energy can be found in different forms, sometimes combustible, other food or environmental, and connect to different ecologies, logistics, energies, environments or economics.
It is not only a matter of “form” but much more a construction system. In order to provide the prototype with a high versatility we propose the use of a structural system of laminated wood members, joined by galvanized steel space joints, which can be covered by panels of reinforced glass or insulated wooden panels. Depending on the function this can adopt a great variety of plant and section forms. The spaces, heated or open, can thus adopt almost any shape and size, including the possibility of building two floors above ground, in order to optimize the use of the soil.
The widespread use of wood as the main material of the Energy Garden is a crucial element of the branding of the future Repsol. It seems important to us to detach ourselves from references to artificial materials, to mechanical or dynamic forms, and to connect with other types of images that refer to nature, pleasure and health.
The use of organic materials and vegetation aims to completely reinvent the identity of the service station as an enclave that is no longer necessarily linked to the provision of fossil fuels but to a strategic logistic enclave with high environmental quality. In addition, the Energy Garden will also try to provide a series of more welcoming spaces for the public: a large multi-purpose canopy, capable of hosting a huge variety of outdoor and heated spaces and activities, becomes the central element of the brand.
The prototype of the Energy Garden has been designed as a set of recombinant parts, capable of adapting to the different climatic regions of the Iberian Peninsula, which constitute the fundamental geography of Repsol. One of the fundamental components of the system is a series of elevated gardeners combined with meshes on the underside of the stereo structure where climbers are to become a vegetative layer capable of giving additional shade to the solar cells and humidify the environment in some peninsular climates.