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MAPCO, Sevierville, Tenn. | 51st International Design Competition Winner

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

MAPCO, Sevierville, Tenn. Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio Photography: Seth Parker, Nashville

MAPCO's new 4500-sq.-ft. C-store near Pidgeon Forge was developed to shake things up, rethink the traditional, and create a fresh experience to meet customer needs. Working with Chute Gerdeman, the new MAPCO design strives to become ‘Convenience You Can Trust,’ and is mapped out to solve guests’ daily convenience needs.

Communicating new branding and identity, the space gives visitors a sense of energy and fresh air with a seamless transition that brings the interior and exterior together. Custom murals specific to the community, greenery, and natural materials deliver quality without sacrificing convenience. The location offers guest seating indoors and out, giving shoppers free rein to use MAPCO’s space.

Judges found the bold architecture, attention to detail and elevated graphic communication to be a fresh take on c-store retailing.

Architects: Harrison French & Associates, Bentonville, Ark.; VIAL AG Architects, Santiago

General Contractors: Smith Construction Group, Inc., Dayton, Ohio; and Osage General Contracting, Buckner, Mo.

Consultants: 37 Volts Light Studio, Cincinnati (lighting design)

Suppliers: d|fab Madison Heights, Mich. (graphics, signage); Nelco Inc., Louisville (fixtures, millwork); Hamilton Parker, Columbus, Ohio (materials); Blondie’s Treehouse, New York City (plantscape); Industry West, Jacksonville, Fla. (furniture); The Table Factory, Waterloo, Ont. (fixturing); Tiger Drylac USA Inc., St. Charles, Ill. (powder coatings)


51st International Design Award Winners

The Class of 2021 includes:

Bloomie’s, Fairfield, Va. CDF Macau, Cotai Citi, New York City Empório Santa Maria, São Paulo FIKA Herbal Goods, Toronto Grand Central Mimico, Etobicoke House of Rituals, Body & Mind Spa, Amsterdam The Hyundai Seoul, Seoul Johnnie Walker, Edinburgh M&M’s, Berlin MAPCO, Sevierville, Tenn. Madison Décor Studio, North York NHL, New York City Puma, New York City Todd Snyder, New York City Treat, JKF International Airport – Store of the Year St. Marche, São Paulo Shinsegae Art Science, Daejeon Wilson, New York City

You can see the entire awards presentation here.

The 51st International Design Awards was sponsored by Little, BHDP, Cadan Photography, and IA, Interior Architects.


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