Mies van der Rohe gas station conversion by les architectes FABG

The Canadian atelier Les Architestes FABG is responsible for reconstruction of an old gas station. Even though all of its components were retained and renovated, the building serves now a different purpose. The building on the Nun’s Island lost its use in 2008, so the architects decided to pay a tribute to the original author Mies van der Rohe and keep the original structure. Instead of a gas station, a store and a car repair workshop it now houses a youth and senior activity center.

Due to the flexible nature of the programming, the big volumes were left with an open layout with a modular and foldable furniture. The seniors use the larger space – the white room, while the youth occupies the smaller black room. Two opposing ends are connected by a subtle steel cantilevered roof. ‘The project is not about the faithful restoration of a monument. It is an interpretation trying to touch and communicate the essence of an artistic vision formulated by someone else in response to a world that is no longer the same. Musicians do this every day.’ – Les Architectes FABG.

photo: designboom.com

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