Open River Building of Grace Farms by SANAA

River Building of Grace Farms

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

SANAA’s goal was to make the architecture of the River become part of the landscape without drawing attention to itself, or even feeling like a building, with the hope that those who are on the property will have a greater enjoyment of the beautiful environment and changing seasons through the spaces and experience created by the River.

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Under the continuous roof are five transparent glass-enclosed volumes that can host a variety of activities and events, while maintaining a constant sense of the surrounding natural environment. In sequence, they are:

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Sanctuary: a 700-person sanctuary/indoor amphitheater (20,900 sf)

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Library: a staffed library with resources to research justice, the arts, nature and faith. It includes a glass-enclosed conference room and fireplace for discussion and hospitality, as well as Grace Farms Foundation offices. (4,550 sf)

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Commons: a dining room and living room, with capacity for 300, with communal tables built from trees harvested on-site, a coffee bar, sofas and fireplace, offering hospitality and expansive views. A lower level accomodates a lecture hall and ancillary spaces. (14,400 sf)

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Pavilion: a staffed welcome center where visitors can be oriented to Grace Farms, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea or listen to intimate musical performances (950 sf)

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Court: a partially below-grade gymnasium/multi-purpose space with adjoining media lab and game room, for recreation, youth activities, receptions and arts performances (16,900 sf)

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Barn: The original barn was renovated to serve as a welcome center with a greeting space in each of its two wings. The barn will also house many of the day-to-day programs, with classrooms, an art studio, a rehearsal space with sprung floor, offices, a lounge, a nursery and a drop-off food pantry to support the justice program. Source by Grace Farms.

River Building of Grace Farms
Photo © Iwan Baan

Location: New Canaan, USA
Architects: SANAA
Landscape: OLIN
MEP Engineer and Lighting: Buro Happold
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Civil Engineer: McChord Engineering
Sustainability: Consultant Transsolar
Glazing: Roschmann Steel & Glass
Roofing: Zahner
Acoustics: Harvey Marshall Berling Associates, Nagata Acoustics
Geotechnical Engineer: Langan Engineering
Geothermal Engineer: Alderson Engineering
Meadow Consultant: Larry Weaver Landscape
Soils and Wetlands: Environmental Planning Services
Conservation Planning and Herpetologist: Michael W. Klemens LLC
Project Manager: Paratus Group
Construction Manager: Sciame
Area: 83,000 sf
Year: 2015
Photographs: Iwan Baan, via Afasia archzine

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