The World’s Most Beautiful Gas Stations


If you’re planning on hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend (last year, 31 million people did), then the thought of stopping for gas is probably a bit of a buzz kill. While we can’t do anything about the prices at the pump, we would like to point out that it can be an aesthetically pleasing experience; in fact, over the years some of the world’s most famous architects — from Mies van der Roh to Norman Foster — have built what we consider to be beautiful gas stations. Click through to check out 10 of our favorite examples, and leave your own suggestions in the comments.

Esso Station in Nun’s Island, Montreal, Quebec – Design by Mies van der Roh

Photo credit: Bas Kegge

The R.W. Lindholm Service Station in Cloquet, Minnesota – Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

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The Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Washington – Designed by Jack Ainsworth

Photo courtesy of National Park Service

United Oil Gasoline Station in Los Angeles, California – Designed by Kanner Architect

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Skovshoved Gas Station in Copenhagen, Denmark – Designed by Arne Jacobsen

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Helios House in Los Angeles, California – Designed by Office dA, Johnston Marklee, BIG Architecture

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Repsol Service Stations in Spain – Designed by Foster + Partners

The Jack Colker Union 96 Gas Station in Los Angeles, California – Designed by Gin Wong Associates

Shell Station in Strandvagen, Sweden – Designed by Peter Celsing

Photo credit: Hagen Stier

NP Gas Station in Madrid, Spain – Designed by Moneo-Brock

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