#3 Batumi Petrol Station + Restaurant
Location: Batumi, Georgia
Architect: Giorgi Khmaladze (Khmaladze Architects)
Perhaps one of the more impressive designs as far as petrol stations go, Khmaladze Architects has created a balanced environment for this gas station and food stop.
Giorgi Khmaladze and his eponymous practice have hit the nail on the head for style, function and efficiency. The building and vehicle area have been designed to take up the smallest footprint possible to provide a larger recreation area for the city.
The spectacular exterior features two very different facades - one of tinted windows and geometric beams exceeds expectations of the common place McDonald's food chain. The other features a large white overhang, sheltering the gas pumps, and also has the geometric style for continuity.
Completed in 2013, the rest stop covers 1,200sq m, which also includes a reflective pool outside the restaurant.
The eye-catching gas station is tailored to fit all needs with gas pumps and store on one side and a dining area with indoor and outdoor seating on the other. This way the two services remain separate, allowing diners to enjoy a meal without having to view people filling up their cars.
All images courtesy of Giorgi Khmaladze of Khmaladze Architects