The convenience store: stitching together time and space

TR Number



Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


Virginia Tech


This thesis is an exploration of what happens when people go from moving fast to slow, and when minutes turn into hours within a space that is temporary in nature.

It explores the concept of time within the context of convenience store visits, examining the varying durations individuals spend in such spaces—from moments of transit to extended periods of socialization and leisure. Through this exploration, this thesis intends to reflect on the role of the convenience store as not only a service space designed for temporary visits but as architecture that supports community.

This exploration led me to concentrate on the dual role of convenience stores: not only as quick stops for essentials but also as communal hubs where individuals gather, interact, and engage in diverse activities. The design approach in this thesis prioritizes user needs, particularly emphasizing community integration and adaptability to evolving local needs. The aim was to create an inviting space that appeals to both pedestrians and drivers, communicating openness, vibrancy, and information sharing.

Central to this idea are three key elements:

Refuge: Incorporating semi-enclosed spaces and opportunities for shelter, alongside opportunities for open views, high ceilings, and exposure to nature and natural materials, to influence behavioral patterns.

Scale: Evaluating the building's relationship with its surroundings, catering to diverse visitor demographics, and considering interactions between automobiles, pedestrians, and occupants.

Light: Prioritizing natural light in areas where socialization and extended stays occur, creating vibrant spaces that foster community-building while also attracting and encouraging lingering.



Convenience store, community