Oil Spill Research & Response Laboratory Design


Sault St. Marie, MI

Original Project Year:



To design a mixed use laboratory for the research of more effective solutions to cleaning up oil spills and a coast guard station for the response to oil spills.

The Site:

Having a site situated so far north, weather conditions became crucial to the consideration of the design. Snow weights, low temperatures, high precipitation, cloud cover, and wind speeds all affected the final design.


The Design:

At its core, this laboratory is dedicated to the preservation of nature. Shintoism served as a large inspiration towards the thinking of this design, living within nature. Within Shintoism are emotions that do no directly translate, these are new ways of approaching and thinking about the organization of separate spaces.

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