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Pit stop

The Uno-X petrol station in Skovshoved, Denmark paired with Isabel Marant Scarlet.

The Uno-X petrol station in Skovshoved, Denmark paired with Isabel Marant Scarlet.

 
 

 

 

 

 

Yes, this is a gas station. And yes, I’m encouraging you to stop here. Because this isn’t any old fill-up. Modernism master Arne Jacobsen designed this unmanned petrol station just outside his native Copenhagen, a glowing example of his vanguard sense of functionalism and proportion. Built in 1936, the Skovshoved station stands as a simple concrete box, clad in ceramic tiles, a structure made transcendent by its service area: the canopy above the fuel pumps is an oval concrete shell suspended atop a lone column. At night, the Mushroom – as it’s colloquially known – becomes a sci-fi halo with underbelly illumination.

Still in service, the station has become a pit stop for empty tanks and architecture junkies. Ever game for sightseeing that blends athletics and aesthetics, I would rise to the occasion of a design-rich rideabout – mapped out by AFAR magazine – by donning these Isabel Marant boots, the Velcro straps echoing the canopy’s arc. Modernism in motion.

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