Grace Farms is a welcoming new place, where a building designed by SANAA is seamlessly integrated into 80 acres of open space for people to experience nature, foster community, pursue justice and explore faith, with artistic expression as a common thread.
A diverse natural habitat in the northeast corner of New Canaan, Connecticut, this former horse farm offers numerous varieties of trees, three ponds and a meadow, bifurcated by a ridge which divides the property along gradually sloping grounds. Its 16 acres of native wetlands in the lower portion are complemented by managed landscape and farmland above.
Approximately 77 of the 80 acres of Grace Farms will be retained in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands and ponds. SANAA is developing the landscape design for Grace Farms with the Philadelphia-based firm OLIN, preserving and enhancing the existing habitat for native flora and fauna while integrating community gardens, athletic fields, a playground and trails.
40% of people who experience awe in their lives are more generous to strangers
—Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner, The New York Times
There are three ponds settled in the Grace Farms landscape—the largest of which is three acres.
Grace Farms sees the roost of 40 different species of birds, including the endangered American Kestrel, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Kingbird.
16 Amphibian and Reptile species wander the grounds of Grace Farms, including the Spotted Salamander, Spring Peeper, and Painted Turtle.
Our Sustainability Measures: Geothermal Energy
Our Sustainability Measures: Harvested Trees
Our Sustainability Measures: Meadow Restoration
Geothermal wells: Fifty-five 500-foot-deep geothermal wells have been drilled on the property for heating and cooling the River.
Trees that were cleared for the construction of the River were milled on site to craft furniture by SANAA for Grace Farms, including 18-foot-long community tables.
Restoration: Seventy percent of mowed areas will be returned to natural meadows by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates.