Can you tell us a little about yourselves?
Squire & Partners is a London based architecture and design practice with experience spanning four decades, earning it an international reputation for architecture informed by the history and culture of where it is placed. Their award winning portfolio includes masterplans, private and affordable residential, workspace, retail, education and public buildings. Embracing traditional and emerging technologies in craft and construction, the practice is renowned for delivering a rigorously detailed product.
In addition the practice has a series of dedicated teams for model making, computer generated imaging, illustration, graphics and an established interior design department which has created a number of bespoke product ranges.
What inspired you to enter the gas station of the future design competition?
We believe that architecture and design play a significant role in the development of a city and in shaping our lives. This competition provided us with the opportunity to challenge the pace of technological advancement by fast tracking the use of high-tech energy solutions with a simple and sustainable architectural intervention.
How does your design respond to the coming revolutions in transportation?
As our lives become more digitised, with various ‘conveniences’ at the touch of our smartphones, we wanted to place greater emphasis on personal physical, spatial and human connections. Our proposal does more than respond to the technological shift, it addresses place making by creating a sense of belonging and community, in the midst of a fast paced and transient society.