Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects
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Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects

Perched on the riverbank about 30 miles west of Omaha, the Elkhorn River Probes is a minuscule building clad in corten steel panels and with an asymmetrical roof.

Architects: Randy Brown Architects
Location: Sarpy County, Nebraska, USA
Photographs: Farshid Assassi

Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects

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Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects

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Functions as a data acquisition station, also serves as public observation platforms both to view the rivers natural beauty, the River Probe is a station to monitor and research contamination in the Elkhorn river.

Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects

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It is the first of a series of probes located on each of Nebraska’s seven major rivers, a project in response to a proposal from the University of Nebraska.

Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects

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It houses specimen tanks, water-testing equipment, and room for a few researchers to work. Jutting out over the water, a small wood deck has a V-shaped steel nose and a metal seat for observation.

Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects

© Farshid Assassi

Elkhorn River Probes by Randy Brown Architects

© Farshid Assassi

Inspiration from architect:

the reed grasses on the river banks, bridge piers and river boat technology to provide inspiration for the structure. Structures must be above the 100-year floodplain and pilings cannot affect the rise or flow of the river, inspiring Brown to perch the station on thin steel tubes, which have minimal effect on the water level.


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