02 Mar '12, 11am

World's "Most Beautiful Gas Station" Converted Into Cultural Center (Photos)

World's "Most Beautiful Gas Station" Converted Into Cultural Center (Photos)

To most people, it was a gas station in the quiet community of Nun's Island, just southeast of Montreal -- albeit an unusual-looking one. Outfitted with full-height glass walls, black steel columns and an imposing roof, this striking building was originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe -- a pioneering master of the modernist architecture movement -- for Standard Oil in 1968, before it was closed down in 2008. © Steve Montpetit © Steve Montpetit How a gas station became a heritage building Instead of demolishing it, the city of Montreal declared it a heritage building in 2009, launching a restoration campaign. Now completed, the robust structure -- which some have called "the most beautiful gas station in the world " -- has been re-adapted as a maison des générations , an apt term for a community and cultural center that serves youth and seniors. © Steve Montpetit M...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/mies-van-der...

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