Rest stops are dynamic service and supply centers within the global mobility network and, at the same time, a representation of local and regional identity. This duality is a key factor in the design concept for the Rest Stop and Gas Station Fürholzen West on the A9 highway.
The main identity-shaping feature of the design is the expressive roof structure, which covers all of the different areas of this tightly arranged complex with a dynamic wave-like form. To meet both the functional and design-related demands, the roof evolves from an iconographic, welcoming canopy over the gas pumps to the protective gesture of the double-pitched roof over the food court. A finely joined metal roof traces the linear structure of the canopy that seems to almost float on air, making the dynamic impact of the structure visible from all sides. The roof follows an S-shaped footprint, which not only symbolizes speed and mobility, but also delineates exterior functional areas that are key for the visitor experience.
The interior space is arranged in a completely open glass cube under the canopy roof. The shop and service station have a friendly and welcoming appearance. Closed wooden structures inserted within the cube for sanitary facilities, production rooms and communal areas define the interior layout, while the building material alludes to the regional architecture. One façade covered with Virginia creeper acts as a green filter for the glass front, underscoring the complex’ commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency.
Investor: Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH
Gross floor area: 2992 m²
Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, München (Structural design)
Teuber + Viel Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (Building servives)
MAN MADE LAND, Berlin (Labdscape design)
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, München (Energy planning)
Hagen Ingenieurgesellschaft für Brandschutz mbH, Kleve (Fire proofing)