The Erb Family Science Garden, designed by Landscape Architect Peter Osler, is situated in the courtyard of Cranbrook Institute of Science. Within a dynamic garden of Michigan native plants that change with the seasons, the science garden displays water for which the Great Lakes are famous – featuring water in its vapor, liquid, and solid states. At the garden entrance, flow pools drop in stages of three terraces, cascading over a waterfall.
During the winter, ice forms over a steel, cage-like structure to create a “House of Ice” that looks like ice along the shores of the Great Lakes in the winter. In the lowest zone, the “House of Vapor” is an open, concrete outdoor chamber where mist rises mysteriously from the floor, returning water vapor to the atmosphere.