This project elevates “the ordinary”, a freeway rest area and toilet block, to the iconic. It departs from pre-conceived ideas of what this type of facility should look like and celebrates instead a sense of playfulness and difference. The new buildings provide a strong identity and sense of place to their site, providing a clear point of differentiation from the repetition of the road.
The rest areas engage with multiple viewpoints and experiences, from that of the car user passing at speed to the truck driver stopping to stretch his legs. The buildings’ glowing towers signal to the distant traffic a point in the landscape, akin to a lighthouse perched upon a peninsula of land.