As gas guzzling motor vehicles are eventually to become obsolete, so too are gas stations. In light of this, sports brand Reebok has reimagined the reuse of gas stations as community centres promoting physical and mental wellbeing.
In a new concept between Reebok and global architecture and design firm Gensler, Get Pumped, Reebok has reimagined an adaptive reuse of gas stations across the US as Fitness Hubs, where people can prioritise their mental and physical wellness.
One concept, known as The Oasis, envisages the larger gas station that commuters pass on small, local highways turned into recharge zones, to capitalise on the type of mental and physical rest those commuting need. There are real food offerings from a farm to table eatery to a juice bar, as well as yoga and meditation pods. The exterior provides sustenance in the form of an herb garden, and outdoor wheels where you can run in the fresh air.
The Community Corner vision, suitable for local, small town gas stations, are transformed into four different ways for communities to enhance their healthy life. People can charge electric cars, and in the auto repair shop, there will be nutrition classes. The minimart will offer local, healthy food, and pop-up trucks will offer rotating Crossfit and Spinning classes so there’s no lack of access for healthy options.
Austin Malleolo, head of Reebok fitness facilities, said: “Consumers may not need gas stations anymore, but instead of wasting them, we’re recycling them, and maximizing the space so that they become places of community.”
Alfred Byun, designer at Gensler, added: “Imagine an option to leave the traffic jam to unwind with yoga, get your Crossfit Fix, or pick up a green juice and your weekly farm share all in one place!”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea