From wooden shoes to a wooden car wash
Just a stones throw north of Amsterdam, NEXT Architects are building a new petrol station, repair shop and car wash made of wood. The sustainable project will host an unmaned AVIA XPress station.
Back in the day, when most automobiles came to live with a wrench, many petrol stations were made of wood. But nowadays, it’s big news when this happens. Even in the country of wooden shoes: The Netherlands. In the western town of Purmerend (just north of Amsterdam) they don’t hold back on sustainable projects.
The circular building, which is to serve as a “gateway building” for Purmerend, has a visible wooden main supporting structure, a green facade on the south and west sides and solar panels on the roof. The AVIA XPress gas station will also host a 350-square-meter vehicle workshop with adjacent lobby and four wash boxes.
According to the initiators, the building has a sustainable appearance which “blends in with the surrounding landscape.” Judge for yourselves.