River Walk & Tea
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Known as the River because of the way it meanders through the rolling terrain, the SANAA building seamlessly integrates into the natural setting at Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Nestled into the landscape, the River begins on a knoll and then flows down the long, gentle slope in a series of bends, forming pond-like spaces on its journey. Structurally, the building of glass, concrete, steel, and wood is in essence a single long roof, which seems to float some 10 to 14 feet above the surface of the ground as it twists and turns across the landscape. The walkways, courtyards, and glass-wrapped volumes that form beneath the roof are remarkably transparent and invite people to engage with the expansive natural surroundings.
"Our goal with the River is to make the architecture become part of the landscape. We 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."
— Sharon Prince, Grace Farms Foundation President
To create a venue of cultural interest and curiosity via open space, architecture, art, and design in hopes of providing people with a chance to do the following:
1. Experience Nature: Our aim is to draw people into this beautiful landscape, to enhance one’s experience of nature through all five senses, and to allow nature itself to inspire in us awe.
2. Foster Community: We hope to provide a warm, welcoming environment that fosters personal relationships through passive and active, social, and artistic activities.
3. Pursue Justice: We will offer resources and feature opportunities to improve lives by helping others, showing mercy, and advancing justice together.
4. Explore Faith: We will aspire to create an environment for reflection, study, discussion, and worship.
River Building Timelapse
Aug 2013–Aug 2015