Grace Farms is an architectural wonder nestled amidst 80 acres of farmland in New Canaan, Connecticut. A short train ride outside of New York City, Grace Farms serves as a multi-purpose community center. In 2000, a group of private Connecticut residents formed what’s now called the Grace Farms Foundation charity, and by 2009 had purchased 80 acres of what is now Grace Farms' “rolling topography of paddocks and barns, field trees, perennially wet meadows and mixed deciduous hardwood and conifer forest edge."
In the subsequent years, residents oversaw the development of Grace Farms' “River” building, the form that curves in an attempt to blend with nature around it, built by the prestigious Japanese architecture firm SANAA. Led by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA (the New Museum in New York and the Serpentine in London), the River building consists of five hubs connected by covered pathways, housing the facility's library, basketball court, auditorium, multimedia movie-making studio, art studio, discussion rooms, communal dining room, and sanctuary, which is used on Sundays by a non-denominational Christian church.
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