Ultra-fast, sustainable charging stations for electric vehicles are being built as part of a network of 48 along Scandinavian highways. With the first pilot station completed in 2019, architects Cobe Architects set out to rethink the traditional re-fueling experience and have created a meaningful break for drivers and passengers which is non-commercial, restful and Zen-like thanks to the extensive use of timber and the biophilic design principles used.
The modular design is made up of connecting “trees” which can be tailored to the requirements of each site. The design consists of a tree trunk and a canopy which can be free standing or assembled into a grove. The canopy is designed for future disassembly to enable reuse or recycling of materials.
– FSC timber is used exclusively
– Green roof covering the entire roof
– Plant and trees species selection supports local biodiversity and resilience
With our design we offer EV drivers a welcome break and an opportunity to recharge mentally in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, so we wanted the architecture, the materials and the concept to reflect that. Hence, we designed a charging station in sustainable materials placed in a clean, calm setting with trees and plants that offer people a dose of mindfulness on the highway.
Nadine is the founder and editor of Eco Edition and founder of the Eco Edition Design School. She’s an experienced interior designer, sustainable materials consultant, speaker and serial home renovator.