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

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 . 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 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. 

New Canaan Residence / Specht Harpman

© Elizabeth Felicella

Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: New Canaan, , USA
Architect In Charge:
Interior Decoration: Carrier & Co.
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Elizabeth Felicella

Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners

Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: New Canaan, CT,
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 sq ft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

Grace Farms unveils SANAA-designed ‘River’ Building

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Grace Farms Foundation, a not-for‐profit charitable organization in New Canaan, , has submitted a proposal to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for a SANAA-designed, meandering structure dubbed the “River”. The project prioritizes the needs of the community by preserving the 75-acre Grace Farms property as a permanent offering of open space and providing an array of public amenities, such as a library, gymnasium and church.

“We are thrilled to be sharing SANAA’s wonderfully sensitive design with the members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and with the community we serve,” stated Sharon Prince, President of the Grace Farms Foundation. “Grace Farms is a place where people can walk their dog, read a book by the lake or simply relax in a beautiful natural setting. By blending so seamlessly into the landscape, the River enhances this experience, almost erasing the barrier between the spaces sheltered within and the natural world outside.”

If approved, the River will be SANAA’s first United States commission since receiving the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010. Continue reading for the architects’ description.