a gas station and the california vernacular

GAS-STATION_02

Driving along the coast through Laguna Beach, I noticed a funky little structure now operating as the offices for a small auto repair shop – it was clearly an old gas station, with the concrete pump pads still extant, which I’ve drawn in the top-most drawing.  The fascinating bit was that the overall building was a  gabled Spanish stucco hut, complete with a red tile roof and chimney, but the service awning was a flat modernist roof, and which cut deep into the gabled volume.  The overlap and simultaneity of languages was so simple, irreverent, and playful.  So I did my own variation: the plan is the bottom half of the top drawing, the half-elevations are below.

GAS-STATION_03

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