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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

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

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

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

  • Architects: SANAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  83000.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

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 + 20

New Canaan Residence / Specht Harpman

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

New Canaan, United States
  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners

© Paùl Rivera © Archphoto © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto © Paùl Rivera © Archphoto + 11

New Canaan, United States

AD Classics: The Glass House / Philip Johnson

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New Canaan, United States