Gas Station Design – The World’s 10 Best Filling Stations for 2017

#2 Pops Arcadia Route 66

Location: Oklahoma, USA

Architect: Elliott + Associates

Completed: 2007

With a country as vast and widely-spread as the USA, to stand out designers need to do something different, particularly when it comes to a rest stop on the renowned Route 66.

Pops Gas Station located in Arcadia, Oklahoma, gives travellers another reason than gas to stop with a 66ft-tall soda bottle out the front.

The towering structure glows neon at night time with LEDs, shining like a beacon to light up the iconic highway.

Headed up by Rand Elliott, architecture practice Elliott + Associates are the masterminds behind this eye-catching structure. The practice aimed to, 'portray the image of freedom on the open road' and create a 'Route 66 icon for the next generation of explorers'.

Completed in August 2007, Pops Arcadia covers 5,500sq ft.

The building features a cantilever design that provides shelter to the gas pumps. Here, the large overhang works aesthetically and functionally.

Covering the entire floor-to-ceiling windows are rows and rows of differently-coloured soda bottles. Step inside and visitors are met with an American diner-styled interior, plus a souvenir shop.

All image credits to Scott McDonald © Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of Elliott + Associates Architects

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