SANAA’s meandering river building at grace farms set to open in connecticut
seamlessly integrated into 80 acres of rural connecticut countryside, SANAA’s meandering ‘river building’ at grace farms is finally ready to open to the public. located in new canaan, the town home to philip johnson’s iconic glass house, the structure extends, with a nearly continual roof, over a series of indoor and outdoor spaces. as stated on the non-profit organization’s website, the project aims to provide a publicly accessible open environment, ‘where people may experience nature, foster community, pursue justice and explore faith’.
the 86,000 square foot building seeks to blend with features of the landscape, using a glass-walled envelope to foster a constant sense of lightness and transparency. in addition, a previously existing barn has been renovated to serve as a welcome center with a greeting space in each of its two wings. the structure also houses 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.