365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan, CT


Grace Farms Foundation

Square Footage
60,000 SF / 80 acre site

Design Architect

Executive Architect
Handel Architects LLP

Landscape Architect


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

International Architecture Awards
Honor Awards for Architecture
Green Award
Award for Outstanding Public Space Project
Innovation by Design Awards, Social Good Finalist
Lumen Awards, Award of Merit
Built Design Honor Award
Project of the Year
Best of Design Awards 2016 – Building of the Year (East)
Architecture +Engineering
Construction Excellence Award in Acoustical Solutions East Region
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize