university of mn duluth -
laboratory science building
duluth mn
immersion
gateway
transition space
contemplative
native american
wild rice
the transparent concept
of science on display
wetland garden

2007 Design Honor Award
Presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

2007 Design Award of Excellence
Presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter.

2005 Design Merit Award for Unbuilt Works
Presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Minnesota Chapter.

The site plan for the new Laboratory Science Building (LSB) takes its cues from the concept of "Science on Display." This concept embraces the idea that "seeing" is critical to "understanding", thus the building incorporates an atrium and glass-walled classrooms, as well as interactive outdoor learning & contemplative spaces. The act of adding a sense of transparency to the design of both the interior and exterior rooms allows activities normally conducted in opacity to be revealed. The lower courtyard will feature an experimental wetland garden - with a special emphasis on the cultivation of wild rice. Wild rice was chosen for its symbolism and importance to the Native American population of northern Minnesota. Trees will help tie the building and its outdoor spaces to the campus landscape and to the overarching northern Minnesota native ecosystem.

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