U.S. Land Port of Entry
Van Buren ME

The 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.

2016 AIA Honor Award
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