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6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

09:30 - 27 February, 2017
6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

The "architectural pilgrimage" is much more than just everyday tourism. Studying and admiring a building through text and images often creates a hunger in architects, thanks to the space between the limitations of 2D representation and the true experience of the building. Seeing a building in person that one has long loved from a distance can become something of a spiritual experience, and architects often plan vacations around favorite or important spaces. But too often, architects become transfixed by a need to visit the same dozen European cities that have come to make up the traveling architect's bucket list.

The list here shares some sites that may not have made your list just yet. Although somewhat less well known than the canonical cities, the architecture of these six cities is sure to hold its ground against the world's best. The locations here make ideal long weekend trips (depending of course on where you are traveling from), although it never hurts to have more than a few days to really become immersed in a city. We have selected a few must-see buildings from each location, but each has even more to offer than what you see here—so don't be afraid to explore!

Gallery: SANAA's Grace Farms Through the Lens of Songkai Liu

16:00 - 11 December, 2015
Gallery: SANAA's Grace Farms Through the Lens of Songkai Liu, © Songkai Liu
© Songkai Liu

Columbia University student and architectural photographer Songkai Liu has shared images with us from his recent trip to Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut. The 80-acre non-profit farm, landscaped by OLIN, boasts a newly completed multipurpose pavilion designed by SANAA that provides a non-intrusive space for community events, services and worship.

"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," described the architect.

© Songkai Liu © Songkai Liu © Songkai Liu © Songkai Liu +21

Gallery: SANAA's Grace Farms aka "The River" Photographed by Paul Clemence

14:00 - 15 October, 2015
Gallery: SANAA's Grace Farms aka "The River" Photographed by Paul Clemence, © Paul Clemence from ARCHI-PHOTO
© Paul Clemence from ARCHI-PHOTO

Photographer Paul Clemence of ARCHI-PHOTO has shared with us images of SANAA's latest completed work, Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut. Known as "The River" for the way it flows through the site across a level change of almost 44 feet (13.4 meters), the building was conceived to "become part of the landscape without drawing attention to itself, or even feeling like a building" in order to give visitors a greater appreciation of the surrounding natural space that will be preserved by the Grace Farms Foundation. The building itself, meanwhile, will be made available to Grace Community Church and other nonprofit and community groups for a wide range of community and cultural events. Read on for Paul Clemence's full photoset.

© Paul Clemence from ARCHI-PHOTO © Paul Clemence from ARCHI-PHOTO © Paul Clemence from ARCHI-PHOTO © Paul Clemence from ARCHI-PHOTO +32

Grace Farms / SANAA

11:00 - 14 October, 2015
Grace Farms / SANAA, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

© Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    365 Lukes Wood Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa
  • Design Team

    Shohei Yoshida, Takayuki Hasegawa, Tommy Haddock
  • Area

    83000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

SANAA’s First US Commission Since Pritzker, “The River” Underway in Connecticut

01:00 - 21 November, 2014
SANAA’s First US Commission Since Pritzker, “The River” Underway in Connecticut, Exterior view of The River. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA
Exterior view of The River. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA

“The River,” SANAA’s first US commission since winning the 2010 Pritzker Prize, is currently underway in Connecticut. Designed by the Japanese practice in collaboration with OLIN, the meandering and almost transparent building will be built on a 75-acre preserve as a multi-use platform for events and initiatives put on by the community of New Canaan and non-profit Grace Farms Foundation.

“We are thrilled that Grace Farms will begin welcoming the public in autumn 2015,” Sharon Prince, president of the Grace Farms Foundation stated. 

Exterior view of the living and dining room. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Interior view of the dining room. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Aerial. Image Courtesy of Grace Farms and SANAA Grace Farms under construction October 2014. Image © Dean Kaufman +20

New Canaan Residence / Specht Harpman

01:00 - 9 April, 2013
New Canaan Residence / Specht Harpman, © Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

© Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Canaan, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Specht Harpman
  • Interior Decoration

    Carrier & Co.
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners

01:00 - 12 November, 2012
Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners, © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
© Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

© Paùl Rivera © Archphoto © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Canaan, United States
  • Design Team

    Roger Ferris, Robert Marx, Myron Mirgorodsky, Tiziano Fabrizio
  • Structural Engineer

    Thornton Tomasetti, The DiSalvo Ericson Group
  • Mechanical

    Consulting Engineering Services
  • Area

    7,000 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 17 May, 2010
AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson

AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    New Canaan, United States
  • Architect

    Philip Johnson
  • References

    http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/ and http://www.nytimes.com and http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org
  • Project Year

    1949