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"Following a community dinner, Bartlett, along with Yale University poet Danielle Chapman, will present their personal family histories as part of an...
Feb 17, 2017
"The awards, according to the AIA, “celebrate the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type."
Jan 19, 2017
“How we do business is as important as the business we do...”
Jan 19, 2017
"Grace Farms Foundation appointed SANAA to create a porous, multipurpose building nestled within an 80-acre landscape that would encourage people to...
Jan 16, 2017
"Grace Farms was established with the idea that ‘space communicates’ and can inspire people to collaborate for good."
Jan 14, 2017
"For over a year Connecticut residents have been taking in the astonishing beauty of Grace Farms, a community center for the arts and social justice...
Jan 9, 2017
"Grace Farms also engages in thought-provoking discussions, such as hosting artists from a variety of disciplines for arts + mars, a workshop with...
Dec 29, 2016
"For the second year, the Grace Farms Foundation will host a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention class with the help of the Norwalk...
Dec 28, 2016
"The River, SANAA’s undulating creation for Grace Farms, seeks to marry the nature of its 80-acre New England estate with architecture in an effort...
Dec 12, 2016
"Milhazes, 56, recently debuted her latest public piece at Grace Farms, in New Canaan, Connecticut, which was designed by the acclaimed Japanese...
Dec 1, 2016
"From Dec. 10–23, Grace Farms will offer opportunities for the public to collaborate for good during Christmas Joy at the River with charitable and...
Nov 29, 2016
"Grace Farms from SANAA is the quintessential building that adapts to landscape."
Oct 25, 2016
"The Grace Farms project uniquely demonstrates architecture’s capacity to make a place for an innovative new institution" - Stan Allen, #MCHAP Jury...
Oct 19, 2016
"Art threads through our initiatives,' said Sharon Prince, the president of Grace Farms Foundation, in her introductory remarks."
Oct 15, 2016
“Grace Farms... celebrates their one-year anniversary with the unveiling of 'Moon Love Dreaming,' a new site-specific mural by Beatriz Milhazes”
Oct 5, 2016
"The anniversary programming will culminate with a benefit celebration on October 15, co-hosted with Grace Farms’ architects, Kazuyo Sejima and...
Sep 29, 2016
"Krishna's dedication to this issue is very well known and the work of Grace Farms and the space they have there were uniquely suited to this kind of...
Sep 13, 2016
Grace Farms is a finalist for the social good award from more than 1,700 Innovation by Design applicants.
Sep 13, 2016
“The United States has produced some really cool buildings, and we’ve found the coolest building in each state.”
Aug 23, 2016
"A broad-winged hawk got a second chance at life Saturday thanks to a teenager from Weston.”
Aug 13, 2016
“SANAA saw this as an opportunity to bring together the language of their work…with the art within the space. And it actually works.”
Jul 14, 2016
“Grace Farms and Fowler are succeeding in drawing people…closer to the natural world.”
Jul 11, 2016
“…at night, the sinuous complex can equally amaze thanks to its thoughtful yet understated lighting.”
Jul 7, 2016
Seven projects have been named finalists in the second edition of the biennial Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).
Jun 24, 2016
“Simple visual progression: lighting helps one walk through this space. The lighting language is compatible with the architectural vocabulary.”
Jun 23, 2016
“Here we highlight the 100 most important works of architecture in the US…”
“Advocates against human trafficking…are celebrating the passage of Public Act No. 16-71…”
"Following...the launch of Grace Farms Foundation's Justice Initiative...a law strengthening existing anti-trafficking laws has been passed…"
“Those with intellectual disabilities can build and develop their…skills in a unique, relaxing and energizing nature-based aesthetic...
"It will not only host art and nature programs but serve as an incubator for nonprofits ranging in focus from conservation to human rights"
May 13, 2016
"Thomas Demand has frequently created his own art by interpreting the creative process of others"
May 12, 2016
"Run by a foundation and open to all, the 80-acre site features a striking glass structure, shaped like a winding river, that houses gathering...
Apr 20, 2016
"For design with a dose of springtime sun, head to Grace Farms — a New Canaan community center with 80 acres of outdoor space"
Apr 14, 2016
"I suggest a visit to Grace Farms, near Philip Johnson's own experiment in transparency, the Glass House, to experience its connection to its setting"
Mar 31, 2016
"The slippage between nature, art, fashion, architecture and progressive minds punctuates this moment in time."
Mar 25, 2016
"they also prompt visitors to appreciate their surroundings; settings designed to be an integral part of the overall aesthetic experience."
Mar 5, 2016
"Sejima said the aim of the project in Connecticut was “to think of architecture as part of the landscape, or hopefully as part of the environment."
Mar 14, 2016
"Sejima and Nishizawa played the landscape with the respect that a violinist would accord a Stradivarius."
Mar 7, 2016
"effortless versatility can be found in the serene topography of Grace Farms."
"[Grace Farms] provides a model for how a building can relate to its environment"
Mar 1, 2016
"...tour the serpentine structure along with five site-specific installations commissioned for the property..."
Jan 12, 2016
"Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT, by SANAA ... takes your breath away."
Jan 4, 2016
" ... a series of glass-walled pavilions nestling beneath the canopy like dew drops under a leaf."
"...they joined forces to create a hybrid entity that many will find easy to admire..."
"The presence of such works ... underscores the foundation’s appreciation of the power of art to stimulate both interaction and contemplation."
" ... the River makes no attempt at monumentality ... the building coexists with nature ... a project destined to become one of SANAA's iconic works."
"The five-sided agenda–nature, art, justice, community, and faith–seems to have little contemporary precedent."
"New Canaan ... has got another striking landmark to brag about called Grace Farms."
Dec 15, 2015
"Grace Farms is a perfectly budget-friendly destination for families looking to enjoy the outdoors..."
Dec 10, 2015
Pritzker Prize-Winners SANAA Discuss Their Mind-Blowing Design for Grace Farms in Scenic New England
“We wanted to build a place where people could feel respect for the environment.”—Ryue Nishizawa, architect
Dec 4, 2015
"Part cultural center, part spiritual retreat...Grace Farms is, at its core, a tribute to the landscape"
"SANAA's architecture speaks to the Foundation's goals of bringing people together to do good..."
Dec 1, 2015
"Curving through the fields of an old farmstead in New Canaan is the River, a startling new work of modern architecture that’s drawing global...
Oct 30, 2015
"The Justice Initiative hopes to create a multidisciplinary model focused on disrupting and eradicating child exploitation."
Oct 30, 2015
"Grace Farms...will inaugurate its Justice Initiative by organizing a...workshop to create synergies across the private and public sector..."
Oct 29, 2015
"The whole thing makes you feel spiritual and reflective in the best possible way."
Oct 27, 2015
"The foundation has a fivefold mission: nature, arts, justice, community and faith."
Oct 25, 2015
"...Grace Farms...might be best recognised for its stunning ‘River’ building and untainted natural landscape, but within the SANAA-designed...
Oct 23, 2015
"The serpentine building...fits in with New Canaan’s reputation as the site of noted buildings designed by architects such as Philip Johnson,...
Oct 20, 2015
The Spiritual and Spectacular Meet at an Ultramodern Community Center in Connecticut
The New York Times, October 16, 2015
“it is clear that what they had in mind the whole time was a new kind of public space.” [Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA]
A Look at Connecticut's Grace Farms, a Studiously Calm Take on New Canaan Modernism
Travel + Leisure, October 14, 2015
"There is 'no front door' at Grace Farms..."
New Paradigm in New Canaan
uncube, October 14, 2015
In its idyllic pastoral setting, in a district where there is limited public space, Grace Farms is intended as a gathering place for sharing ideas...
A Building Where Faith and Nature Meet
The Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2015
The architects...delivered a highly unconventional form to match the unorthodox and ambitiously high-minded program.
'It's a gift!' Inside America's miraculous new centre for arts and faith
The Guardian, October 9, 2015
In this arcadian setting, with a dreamlike brief, they have reached something close to sublime.
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Press Release Downloads
Grace Farms Foundation Celebrates One Year Anniversary
August 17, 2016
Grace Farms a Finalist for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize
July 8, 2016
Grace Farms Foundation Announces Justice Initiative Results
June 14, 2016
GRACE FARMS 2016 WINTER-SPRING PROGRAMMING
February 26, 2016
Emmy-nominated Filmmaker and Wildlife Expert Joins Grace Farms Foundation
February 26, 2016
Grace Farms Foundation Awards Grants of Program Space
February 26, 2016
Grace Farms Foundation Launches 11/5 & 11/6 Justice Initiative to Eradicate Child Exploitation
October 21, 2015
Grace Farms Foundation Announces 10/9 Opening of Grace Farms in New Canaan
May 1, 2015
Download a rendering of the Grace Farms River building.