All right this post is going to be graphics heavy, you’ve been warned, because the remnant parcel tenants have shown their cards and now everyone has brand new designs — you’ve seen the ones for Chase Bank already — but Safeway went in a completely different direction as did In N Out for their building design. I tend to like a lot more modern looking buildings, glass and steel I love it, so when I initially saw that both Safeway and In N Out had went more historic, I’ll admit I was a little disappointed and expected to hate it so much.
And I did sort of hate the initial photos I saw of the In N Out design, mainly because they were flat and black and white and had all these measurements on them. Bring on the renderings! I also hated the Safeway gas kiosk because I thought they were going to go in the other direction which was to make the gas canopy as light and airy feeling as possible to make it almost disappear, but no, they decided to go heavy and bulky and, I have to say, it works. It works because it’s clear what the inspiration is and that is the Posey Tube.
So here are the renderings for the Safeway gas station kiosk and canopy, I particularly enjoy the old-timey car filling up just to remind you of the throwback era this is referencing:
Next up, In-N-Out, at first I didn’t “get” this one. Probably because I’m not well versed in architectural styles. This is Spanish/Mission Revival. Which overall I thought looked okay, but the corner tower seemed a bit much particularly because it would be decorative only so rather useless other than as a design element. Then, I was told that the best example of Spanish/Mission Revival is Union Station in Los Angeles and, after seeing photos, I got it. I particularly like how the drive-thru queue is handled which the arches which echos Union Station’s windows. There appears to be a hint of tile work, which — if you zoom in on that photo of Union Station linked above — really makes the building a lot more interesting.
And of course, some perspectives. I know some folks are bothered by the Alameda Landing sign at this corner, I’m agnostic.
And some bird’s eye views of the parcel itself: