United Oil

Kanner Architects' influence extends to the graphic elements of the station, including numbering at the pumps. The firm's other commercial projects include Puma stores, a prototype for In-N-Out Burger, and a retail store for photographer Anne Geddes.

United Oil is known for the playfulness of its existing Southern California gas stations, which attract drivers-by with art and topiary.

United Oil is known for the playfulness of its existing Southern California gas stations, which attract drivers-by with art and topiary.

Kanner planned to put the path to the car wash behind the convenience store, but there wasn't enough room after laying out the pumps. Hence his freeway-inspired solution: a ramp circling up and over the market.

The site plan and bird's-eye rendering show the station's circular configuration.

Construction progresses, with completion due in June.

The curving, 7,000-squarefoot canopy has been one of the most challenging pieces of the project because of its complex geometry and skewed columns.

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