The ‘helios house’ is a gas station (BP) in downtown LA – design wise, it has an ‘interesting’ form, is a sculptural piece and has achieved LEED certification status.
The question is, can a service station, which sells petrol, really become ‘green’? Is it a step in the right direction, or is it an example of green washing? Is it both?
The claim of the advertising campaign ‘a little better’ may be a hint of how BP sees their effort.
Here’s a text how they describe themselves:
“At the corner of Olympic and Robertson in Los Angeles, you’ll find a new kind of gas station. It isn’t like an ordinary gas station.
We started with the typical, everyday station on that corner and renovated it in an eco-friendly way — a little greener in its design and materials and in its use of water and energy.
It’s not a prototype “station of the future.” It’s a station for today that’s a little better, a living lab where we can try out ideas for other stations and where people can find ideas they might want to bring into their own lives. It’s a kind of a conversation between BP and people who come into the station, a conversation about how we can both move up a notch on the greencurve.
This idea grew out of BP’s commitment to balancing society’s need for energy with a responsible approach to the environment. It reflects our belief that small steps in the right direction can make a difference.”
This is post by David Report contributor Tim Power.