‘Conversion of Traditional Gas Station into an EV Charging Park by EFFEKT’

Denmark, a country known for its commitment to sustainability, has introduced a groundbreaking approach to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. EFFEKT, an innovative design studio based in Copenhagen, has transformed the traditional petrol station into a symbol of the future with the Better Energy Charge fast charging station in Sønderborg, Denmark.

This station, created as the first pilot project for renewable energy company Better Energy, goes beyond just functionality. Unlike conventional petrol stations that rely on carbon-intensive materials like concrete and steel, Better Energy Charge integrates renewable and bio-based materials, permeable surfaces, and recreational spaces. This design fosters a seamless connection between technology, environmental consciousness, and renewable energy.

The station’s organic shape serves as a powerful symbol, representing the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Inspired by curved streets, the design captures the essence of the station’s primary purpose while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. EFFEKT co-founder Sinus Lynge explains, “We wanted the pavilion’s design to be organic and inviting, much like Danish furniture classics. We have used nature’s own materials – the construction is built in cross-laminated timber, which binds CO2 from the atmosphere throughout its entire lifespan.”

As the world moves towards a greener future, this charging park stands as a beacon of thoughtful design that can redefine our relationship with technology and the environment.

For more information on the Better Energy Charge, visit effekt.dk. Photography by Rasmus Hjortshøj.