Grace Farms

Grace Farms, Connecticut

Yesterday I headed out of New York City with some friends to visit Grace Farms, an 80-acre natural environment in New Canaan, Connecticut, preserved by the non-profit Grace Farms Foundation as a gift of open space for people to experience nature; encounter the arts; pursue justice; foster community; and explore faith. The striking long sinewy building, designed by Japanese ‘Starchitects’ Sanaa, is known as the River because of the way it meanders through the rolling terrain, integrating the building seamlessly into the natural landscape. Grace Farms houses the Grace Community Church and is made available to other select non-profit and community groups, where it is used for everything from tea ceremonies to intimate concerts, to art classes and athletics, and a curated series of cultural projects and events. I was fortunate enough to visit Grace Farms just after the building’s first anniversary when Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of Sanaa were around, only adding to the magic of the day. I left unsure of what Grace Farms really was, but completely fell in love with both the architecture and its beautiful setting.

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840 United States