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

“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

New Canaan Residence / Specht Harpman

  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Location: New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Architect In Charge: Specht Harpman
  • Interior Decoration: Carrier & Co.
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Elizabeth Felicella

© Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella

Grace Farms unveils SANAA-designed 'River' Building

© SANAA
© SANAA

Grace Farms Foundation, a not-for‐profit charitable organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, 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.

AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson

  • Architects: Philip Johnson
  • Location: 199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA
  • Architect: Philip Johnson
  • References: http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/ and http://www.nytimes.com and http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org
  • Project Year: 1949

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