Location
365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan, CT

Completion
2015

Client
Grace Farms Foundation

Square Footage
60,000 SF / 80 acre site

Design Architect
SANAA

Executive Architect
Handel Architects LLP

Landscape Architect
OLIN

LEED
Certified

Grace Farms

Sciame was the Construction Manager responsible for the new construction of Grace Farms designed by SANAA, the Tokyo based firm who recently won the Pritzker Prize and designers of the New Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a 60,000 SF community center located on an 80-acre estate in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Grace Farms is an expansive campus-like layout that winds around the natural settings and trees. The individual buildings are connected by a covered walkway supported by steel columns and wood trusses. Minimal glass enclosures make up each building that includes a sanctuary, gymnasium, and dining hall. The glass is curved insulated units that contain no vertical supports so that each building seems to disappear into the natural setting.

Geothermal wells and an intricate underground mechanical system provide cooling and heating to each building. The landscaping includes restoring the estate to a natural northeastern ecosystem through native plantings and prairies. A meandering path wraps around the site connecting the main building to athletic fields and an old barn restored for classroom and administrative use.

Project Awards

April 25, 2019

Chicago Athenaeum International
International Architecture Awards

April 25, 2019

American Institute of Architects
Honor Awards for Architecture

April 25, 2019

TownVibe
Green Award

April 25, 2019

The Greater NY Construction User Council (GNYCUC)
Award for Outstanding Public Space Project

April 25, 2019

Fast Company
Innovation by Design Awards, Social Good Finalist

April 25, 2019

Illuminating Engineering Society
Lumen Awards, Award of Merit

April 25, 2019

AIA Connecticut 2016 Design Award
Built Design Honor Award

April 25, 2019

ENR New England
Project of the Year

April 25, 2019

ENR New England – Best of 2016
Cultural/Worship

April 25, 2019

Architect’s Newspaper
Best of Design Awards 2016 – Building of the Year (East)

April 25, 2019

Architizer A+Awards
Architecture +Engineering

April 25, 2019

The Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA)
Construction Excellence Award in Acoustical Solutions East Region

April 25, 2019

IIT College of Architecture
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize