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 terrain. Its 16 acres of native wetlands on the lower grounds 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 developed the landscape design in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based firm OLIN, to preserve and enhance the existing habitats for native flora and fauna, while integrating community gardens, athletic fields, a walking trails, and a playground.
40% of people who experience awe in their lives are more generous to strangers
—Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner, The New York Times
Mark Fowler Joins Grace Farms Foundation
Emmy-nominated filmmaker and tv host is Grace Farms' Nature & Wildlife Ambassador
34 Black Locust trees, each over 80 feet tall, tower together in a small area adjacent to the Commons.
Grace Farms will be a LEED certified project incorporating sustainable design strategies that protect and restore habitat, maximize open space, control storm water, reduce water usage and harness energy from geothermal wells
There are three ponds settled in the Grace Farms landscape—the largest of which is three acres.
Daffodils, crocus and scilla flowers bloom in the Plaza
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.