Green Grace Farms
The Grace Farms Building is a green building example nr. #1
Grace Farms, as this project is called, is also known as ‘The River’.
Not amazing, is it?
This new (2015), nature center for communities is designed by the Japanese architecture firm Sanaa.
Sanaa was asked to design a multi functional complex including a nature center, gym, hub for social justice groups, community garden, a chapel and more.
The primary concept was for the building to melt into the landscape. But instead, Sanaa choose to lit it up. The result is beautiful.
The main building, called the River, is a sinuous form that winds its way down a hill just a few hundred yards from the New York border, with five separate sections. Large glass walls provide views of forests and meadows; its covered roof twists and turns with the landscape. This is a perfect example of a circular, green building.
- Trees that were cleared for construction, have been milled on site to construct the furniture for Grace Farms, including 18- foot-long community tables
- Fifty-five 500-foot-deep geothermal wells have been drilled on the property for heating and cooling
- Structurally, the building of glass, concrete, steel and wood is in essence a single long roof, which seems to float above the surface of the ground as it twists and turns across the landscape
- The walkways, courtyards and glass-wrapped volumes that form beneath the roof are remarkably transparent and invite people to engage with the expansive natural surroundings
- Seventy percent of mowed areas have been returned to natural meadows
Architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa