Architecture studio Cobe has revealed two charging stations for electric cars in Denmark, which have timber structures designed to create a “restful and Zen-like feel”.

Completed as the first of a network of 48 charging stations being built along Scandinavian highways, the structures were designed from natural materials to create a different experience than in traditional petrol stations.

“When designing the project we first looked at traditional gas stations – characterised by noise, odour and bright commercial neon signs,” Cobe founder Dan Stubbergaard told Dezeen.

“Then we asked ourselves, ‘what would a charging station for EVs[electric vehicles] look like, using only natural materials, natural daylight, and designing it to recharge the batteries of both vehicles and drivers?'”



“在設計項目時,我們首先考察了傳統的加油站,這些加油站具有噪音,氣味和明亮的商業霓虹燈招牌,” Cobe創始人Dan Stubbergaard告訴Dezeen。


The charging stations in the cities of Fredericia and Knudshoved in central Denmark were both built using the same modular, timber tree-like structure.

In Fredericia, the shelter covering the charging station was made from 12 connected trees supporting a large roof, while in Knudshoved two independent trees cover the pumps.



Cobe’s charging stations resemble the forms of petrol stations due to the fact they perform a similar function, however, the studio wanted the architecture to represent the more sustainable nature of electric transport.

“The energy and the technology are green, so we wanted the architecture, the materials and the concept to reflect that,” said Stubbergaard.

“What if a charging station could have reminiscences of a tree crown that filters light and offers shade? The design concept consists of an assembly set of canopies, each symbolising a tree – with a ‘trunk’ and a ‘crown’. The ‘trees’ can be free-standing or assembled into a ‘grove’.”



“如果充電站能夠讓人想起可以過濾光線並提供陰影的樹冠,該怎麼辦?設計概念包括一組簷篷,每個簷篷都像徵著一棵樹–帶有“樹幹”和“皇冠”。 可以獨立放置,也可以組裝成“樹林”。

To create this more natural environment Cobe create a modular system of timber components that could be adapted to numerous site and easily assembled, demounted, upcycled and reused.

Along with creating a timber structure, the studio added trees, grass and planting into the station, which is also topped with a green sedum roof.



“We decided from early on to reject artificial materials, poisonous paint and lacquer, and asphalt, in favour of natural and honest materials,” said Stubbergaard.

“We wanted to create a green structure, that matches the green energy. Therefore, the station canopy is built in certified wood,” he continued.

“Timber is the only renewable building material that actually absorbs CO2. At the same time, timber has a warmth and tactile quality that is lacking in today’s infrastructural environments.”




Creating a pleasant place to spend time was a core concern as charging an electric car takes much longer than filling up a vehicle with petrol.

“We wanted to create a meaningful mental break for people to recharge their own batteries when they are on the move – a non-commercial green space with a pleasant, restful and Zen-like feel, where you can pick your own strawberries while your kids play by the swing,” added Stubbergaard.


“我們希望為人們創造一個有意義的精神休息時間,讓他們在旅途中為自己的電池充電–非商業性的綠色空間,具有令人愉悅,寧靜和類似禪宗的感覺,您可以在孩子時期自行採摘草莓 揮桿揮桿,” Stubbergaard補充道。

Cobe is an architectural firm based in Copenhagen, which was founded in 2006 by Stubbergaard. Recently in the city, the studio has completed a wedge-shaped library for a school, an elevated Metro station and an undulating public square.

Photography is by Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST.

Cobe是一家總部位於哥本哈根的建築公司,由Stubbergaard於2006年成立。 最近在城市,工作室已經為學校,高架地鐵站和起伏的公共廣場建成了一個楔形圖書館。

攝影是RasmusHjortshøj– COAST。



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