Snow Kreilich Architects is a nationally recognized and award winning architecture studio based practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
VAN BUREN U.S. LAND PORT OF ENTRY
VAN BUREN ME
The Van Buren US Land Port of Entry design fuses an abstraction of the cultural and landscape context with concepts essential to port operations: surveillance and camouflage. The St. John River valley has roots in the Acadian culture, visible in Van Buren’s original town plat of long narrow plots oriented toward the river carved from the Maine forests. As the repetition of forest trees provides camouflage, a patterned repetition of joints, columns and mullions provide the officers with concealment combined with visual site surveillance. The building envelope is conceived as a taut wrapper of the simple building form. Warm colored walls add a glow to the interior spaces, enhancing visitor’s passage through the port while offering the officers a warm work environment in an often cold and hostile climate.
AWARDS 2016 AIA Honor Award 2014 GSA Design Excellence Award 2014 American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design 2013 Highly Commended, WAN Sustainable Building of the Year Award 2013 Annual Design Review Award, ARCHITECT Magazine 2013 AIA MN Honor Award 2011 P/A Award, ARCHITECT Magazine 2011 Holcim Bronze Award for Sustainability in North America 2010 US GSA Design Excellence Award, On the Boards Award in Architecture