This project aims to reinvent the traditional highway rest area incorporating modern technologies while being influenced by the local culture. Three prototypes are being developed in the first half of the project to study the impacts various regions and cultures have on architecture and travelers. The three North Carolina sites are located in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, in the central Piedmont region near Fayetteville, and near the Virginia border on the Dismal Swamp Canal. One site will be be chosen to continue into final design phases. Rest areas will include electric car recharging stations, modern bathrooms, digital information center in the lobby, a security station, localized vending machines, among other amenities. As a whole, these prototypes strive to communicate the cultural values of the region through architectural design.
How important are rest areas to you?
How would you feel about stopping at the rest area prototypes described in this thesis?