The Warroad Land Port of Entry is a LEED certified border station that blends the unique northern Minnesota landscape into a state-of-the-art US Border Patrol facility. A close collaboration with Snow Kreilich Architects, the design prioritizes sustainability and context sensitivity while enhancing the unique sense of place and transition between two neighboring countries.
The building itself is carefully situated on site in order to establish a clear traffic flow for automobiles passing through, as well as border station employees. The hardscape strategy prioritizes security and legibility of the landscape through a low, rippling paving pattern that reinforces sight lines and movement while creating a visually stunning surface. Through use of native Tamarack trees and a minimal plant palette, the site solution integrates the existing bog context and transitions from formal perennial plantings adjacent to the buildings to a custom native seed mix at the outermost borders. These restrained interventions come together to create a space that feels serene despite transition, and deeply local despite design. It elevates ordinary program into extraordinary place.