The River Building at Grace Farms
Last Fall a few of my city-folk friends and I went up to New Canaan, Connecticut for the unveiling of one of my partner's projects, Grace Farms. The River building, designed by renowned Tokyo-based architecture firm SANAA, is an fluid indoor-outdoor building that hugs the natural landscape that complements this church/community center created for the public. My friends and I fell for the tranquility and beauty of the site and each of the five unique spaces.
Our first stop was the court, a massive gym that is partially below grade.
The Commons is a cafeteria and social space with cafe where we had a simple and tasty lunch.
The Library was a cozy area with a small but well curated selection of literature that is both available for reading there or for purchase.
The Pavilion was probably my favorite space. Nestled between the Court and the Commons it is a welcome center where we learned about the mission of Grace Farms and participated in a tea ceremony.
Finally the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is located at the top of the hill over looking most of the grounds. It is here where Sunday services and other larger events are held.
I am looking forward to returning this Spring to see how this beautiful place looks in another season and escape the hustle of the city for some hours.