Gas stations, with few exceptions, are so corporate and banal. However the business of Moricetown, BC is lumber, so when Moricetown First Nations band of the Wet'suwet'en Nation needed a new gas station, it made sense to build it from wood. Ian Chodikoff of Canadian Architect writes: "the structure is very straightforward. Clad in finished cedar board and comprised of glulam beams and columns, the primary structural system is meant to imply a First Nations post-and-beam architecture. With the exception of the glulam members, most of the wood used in the project was locally produced and harvested. The plywood of the roof sheathing is visible underneath."
Ian continues:"A significant component of the project reflects the architects' attempt at promoting a sense of social justice along with local pride. To ensure greater economy and ease of maintenance, many of the materials are self-finishing. The use of exposed wood and concrete countertops throughout the interior helps reduce the use of expensive materials. Rainwater is collected inside a concrete cistern. These measures represent modest but significant means of ensuring that at least a few good sustainable practices are employed in the project."
photos by WItmar Abele