Date of Submission

Spring 5-6-2024

Degree Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

M. Saleh Uddin, Ph.D.


Throughout the history of the automobile, roadside amenities and architecture have continually adapted to the needs and desires of motorists. Along the rural interstate highway, landscapes blend with billboards and off-ramps that bring the traveler to food, lodging, and gas. A typical interstate exit is a sprawl of structures for transaction, each isolated in its own asphalt island, competing for the consumer’s attention with signage, architectural design, or folly. These predictable prototypes spread homogenous program and form across the highway with little to no account for a sense of place. When a state border is crossed, a flat, metal sign reads “welcome” and a motto.

Firstly, this project acknowledges the demands by auto tourism of the mega convenience store (i.e. Buc-ee’s) and anticipates future growth due to the rise of the electric vehicle and its associated charging times. The project choses a rural site location along the interstate highway so that it can become more than a mega rest stop, but a destination retreat for travelers to unwind and enjoy the mountainous view.

This project also expands upon that little thrill we get when crossing a state border, through serving each states food and drink, and informing visitors about the cultural and historical significance of where they stand. Visitors can also stay at the hotel and decide which state they want to wake up in. Or if travelers are in a hurry, they can quickly use the restroom, order and receive fast food all from the parking deck, and return to the road.

This floating box of condensed motorist program aims to suit the spectrum of needs and duration of stay for the highway traveler.

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