[Flickr: SoCal Metro]
Thank you, Citybeat. Everyone has been wondering why that Kanner Architecture-designed futuristic United Oil station/car wash at the corner of Slauson and La Brea avenues has been taking so long to complete, and now there's an explanation. Via the Nathan Solis's article, one learns the setbacks included a snag with the glass (it wasn't, err, earthquake-proof and cost $150,000 to replace), while the vinyl flooring also had to be readjusted. The project has been a "long labor of love," says Nicholas Marques, who manages the project for Kanner Architects. And here's Union Oil owner Jeff Appel: “It shouldn’t have cost what it did. With all the delays, if we had to do it over again, we would have to think hard about it.” Ouch. The station, four years in the making, is expected to be finished by the end of January.
· How (Not) To Build A Time Machine [CityBeat]
· Kanner Architects' Futuristic Gas Station: Almost There? [Curbed LA]