Weird and wonderful gas stations from around the world

A new book from Gestalten features some beautiful and unusual gas stations from around the world – and looks back to a time when the humble petrol station was something of a novelty

Petrol stations today are rarely a thing of beauty. Most have the same utilitarian design: a squat single storey building, a sheltered forecourt and a tall sign visible from a distance – a formula that originated in the US in the 1920s and has since been replicated all over the world. These buildings are a staple feature of towns, cities and rural landscapes – most of the time, we pass them by without a second thought.

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