The Grace Farms Foundation—a faith-based non-profit organization that supports social justice endeavors, the arts, and community initiatives—commissioned the Japanese architecture firm SANAA to design a multipurpose structure dubbed "the River." Set to open in fall 2015, the building will be the firm's first completed project in the United States since winning the Pritzker Prize in 2010. Funding for the $60 million project came from individual gifts.
The Grace Farms Foundation—a faith-based non-profit organization that supports social justice endeavors, the arts, and community initiatives—commissioned the Japanese architecture firm SANAA to design a multipurpose structure dubbed "the River." Set to open in fall 2015, the building will be the firm's first completed project in the United States since winning the Pritzker Prize in 2010. Funding for the $60 million project came from individual gifts.
For more informartion on the project, visit gracefarms.org.
For more informartion on the project, visit gracefarms.org.
The "dining and living" room will have a 300-person capacity and features a coffee bar. Views of the surroundings abound through the floor-to-ceiling double-pane glass walls. The panels will be joined by a special spacer that masks the seams.
The "dining and living" room will have a 300-person capacity and features a coffee bar. Views of the surroundings abound through the floor-to-ceiling double-pane glass walls. The panels will be joined by a special spacer that masks the seams.
The 86,000-square-foot structure will hold a 700-person ampitheater, a library, a dining area, communial "living" room, and gym/recreation center. Environmental sensitivity was paramount to Grace Farms and a number of grean features will be incorporated: high-efficiency mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems; energy-efficient glazing; a reflective aluminum roof to reduce heat absorbtion; and water-conservation measures. The building is housed under a continual roof and slopes down a 38-foot grade.
The 86,000-square-foot structure will hold a 700-person ampitheater, a library, a dining area, communial "living" room, and gym/recreation center. Environmental sensitivity was paramount to Grace Farms and a number of grean features will be incorporated: high-efficiency mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems; energy-efficient glazing; a reflective aluminum roof to reduce heat absorbtion; and water-conservation measures. The building is housed under a continual roof and slopes down a 38-foot grade.
Grace Farms is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, about 4.5 miles north of the Glass House. The 75-acre site was formerly used for agriculture and now it will function as greenspace that's open to the public. The organization sought to create a structure that would help people "experience nature, foster community, explore faith, and pursue [social] justice." To that end, SANAA devised an elegant glass structure that hugs the site's natural topography and wends its way through the meadows like a natural river. The goal was to make the building become a part of the landscape. "It can be at once majestic with gardens and long views, while at the same time very personal with shelter and places for meditation," SANAA wrote in its statement of intent. Olin Studio and Larry Weaner Landscape Associates are working on a plan to enhance the site's natural characteristics.
Grace Farms is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, about 4.5 miles north of the Glass House. The 75-acre site was formerly used for agriculture and now it will function as greenspace that's open to the public. The organization sought to create a structure that would help people "experience nature, foster community, explore faith, and pursue [social] justice." To that end, SANAA devised an elegant glass structure that hugs the site's natural topography and wends its way through the meadows like a natural river. The goal was to make the building become a part of the landscape. "It can be at once majestic with gardens and long views, while at the same time very personal with shelter and places for meditation," SANAA wrote in its statement of intent. Olin Studio and Larry Weaner Landscape Associates are working on a plan to enhance the site's natural characteristics.
An existing barn on the site will be converted into classrooms.
An existing barn on the site will be converted into classrooms.
With a comfy bed, a built-in kitchenette and plenty of storage, this tiny trailer will provide all the amenities needed for a quick getaway.
With a comfy bed, a built-in kitchenette and plenty of storage, this tiny trailer will provide all the amenities needed for a quick getaway.
A brick fireplace feature creates a low window from the kitchen into the living room to keep a connection between the rooms without relying on a completely open floor plan. Energy-efficient MR16 halogen lights are recessed into the wood ceiling to further emphasize the clean lines throughout the interior spaces.
A brick fireplace feature creates a low window from the kitchen into the living room to keep a connection between the rooms without relying on a completely open floor plan. Energy-efficient MR16 halogen lights are recessed into the wood ceiling to further emphasize the clean lines throughout the interior spaces.
Casa Volta, located in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, sits among a lush landscape mere steps away from the Pacific Ocean. The almost 1,300-square-foot plan is made of six rectangular areas—alternating between open terraces and the three covered structures.
Casa Volta, located in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, sits among a lush landscape mere steps away from the Pacific Ocean. The almost 1,300-square-foot plan is made of six rectangular areas—alternating between open terraces and the three covered structures.
One of the tenets of Treebones Resort is to build shelters that perch lightly on the land. The Autonomous Tent doesn't require a foundation, instead resting on a deck that is held to the ground with screws.
One of the tenets of Treebones Resort is to build shelters that perch lightly on the land. The Autonomous Tent doesn't require a foundation, instead resting on a deck that is held to the ground with screws.
+Farm is based in upstate New York, where land can be cheap but new housing prohibitively expensive: when a resident breaks ground on a waterfront site, their taxes can dramatically increase. What if new housing didn't need to technically break ground? "Our thought," says +Farm Director William Haskas, was "let's discuss ideas for a new type of dwelling....one that could potential help the people that actually live in the area."
+Farm is based in upstate New York, where land can be cheap but new housing prohibitively expensive: when a resident breaks ground on a waterfront site, their taxes can dramatically increase. What if new housing didn't need to technically break ground? "Our thought," says +Farm Director William Haskas, was "let's discuss ideas for a new type of dwelling....one that could potential help the people that actually live in the area."
Before the Moumings built their house, they camped out on their six acres while preparing the land for farming, planting grass and clover in place of soybean stubble. As the house arose from its foundation, soil-fixing plants grew from seed. Now the couple can focus on growing food.
Before the Moumings built their house, they camped out on their six acres while preparing the land for farming, planting grass and clover in place of soybean stubble. As the house arose from its foundation, soil-fixing plants grew from seed. Now the couple can focus on growing food.
"Some see in the cutouts the portrait of a pirate; some, the profile of a whale," Garziano says of the residence's silhouette. "It is interesting to hear different interpretations, but they all belong to the same maritime sphere."
"Some see in the cutouts the portrait of a pirate; some, the profile of a whale," Garziano says of the residence's silhouette. "It is interesting to hear different interpretations, but they all belong to the same maritime sphere."
Designer Christiane Hogner, Bruxelles
Designer Christiane Hogner, Bruxelles
Photo by Tom Bies
Photo by Tom Bies
Photo by Leo Mieles
Photo by Leo Mieles
Located in Karuizawa, a popular summer resort town in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, Four Leaves is a weekend getaway designed to accommodate the homeowner and their guests in a lush, sylvan setting. Designed by Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio (KIAS), the highlight of the stunning, 2,400-square-foot house is its sloping, angular roof sections that are delicately assembled to resemble fallen leaves.
Located in Karuizawa, a popular summer resort town in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, Four Leaves is a weekend getaway designed to accommodate the homeowner and their guests in a lush, sylvan setting. Designed by Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio (KIAS), the highlight of the stunning, 2,400-square-foot house is its sloping, angular roof sections that are delicately assembled to resemble fallen leaves.
Niko Architect and landscape firm Ecopochva designed a Moscow home that doesn’t play by the rectilinear rules of conventional architecture. Vegetation blankets the home’s concrete form, and its walls sweep upward and outward to become roofs. Molded floor-to-ceiling windows curve to grant panoramic views of the backyard and swimming pool.
Niko Architect and landscape firm Ecopochva designed a Moscow home that doesn’t play by the rectilinear rules of conventional architecture. Vegetation blankets the home’s concrete form, and its walls sweep upward and outward to become roofs. Molded floor-to-ceiling windows curve to grant panoramic views of the backyard and swimming pool.
Though most of the home's interior comes without a splashy designer's name attached, the bathroom is kitted out with a toilet, sink, and bath/shower from Jasper Morrison's line for Ideal Standard. The cabinets are from an Ikea kitchen system.
Though most of the home's interior comes without a splashy designer's name attached, the bathroom is kitted out with a toilet, sink, and bath/shower from Jasper Morrison's line for Ideal Standard. The cabinets are from an Ikea kitchen system.
Tongling Recluse looks out upon pristine mountain vistas.
Tongling Recluse looks out upon pristine mountain vistas.
Taking your holiday adventure from land to sea is now easier than ever thanks to the Sealander, a tiny amphibious camper that starts right under $20,000.
Taking your holiday adventure from land to sea is now easier than ever thanks to the Sealander, a tiny amphibious camper that starts right under $20,000.
Architect Mark Fullgar chose corrugated steel, aluminum window frames, and strengthened glass—cost-effective, non-combustible materials, given the cabin’s location in a rural fire zone.
Architect Mark Fullgar chose corrugated steel, aluminum window frames, and strengthened glass—cost-effective, non-combustible materials, given the cabin’s location in a rural fire zone.
Located in the woods of Malborghetto Valbruna in the Italian Dolomite commune of Tarvisio, this egg-shaped tree house appears to hover in midair like a giant pinecone.
Located in the woods of Malborghetto Valbruna in the Italian Dolomite commune of Tarvisio, this egg-shaped tree house appears to hover in midair like a giant pinecone.
Like the everyday rhythm of the tides, the home's architecture ultimately reflects the idea of movement.
Like the everyday rhythm of the tides, the home's architecture ultimately reflects the idea of movement.
The bathroom is just to the right upon entry to the trailer. The floors are engineered hardwood in red oak by Mercier throughout, and the beechwood wall rack is a functional drop zone for bags, coats, and keys.
The bathroom is just to the right upon entry to the trailer. The floors are engineered hardwood in red oak by Mercier throughout, and the beechwood wall rack is a functional drop zone for bags, coats, and keys.
The Ecocapsule fits inside a standard shipping container, and it’s lightweight enough to be towed on a trailer by a passenger car.
The Ecocapsule fits inside a standard shipping container, and it’s lightweight enough to be towed on a trailer by a passenger car.
The Father’s Eyes blanket by Pendleton Woolen Mills is a tribute to the men who watch over and guide us as we journey through this earth. A portion of the sale of each blanket will benefit the Men's Health Network, a nonprofit dedicated to improving men's lives through better health.
The Father’s Eyes blanket by Pendleton Woolen Mills is a tribute to the men who watch over and guide us as we journey through this earth. A portion of the sale of each blanket will benefit the Men's Health Network, a nonprofit dedicated to improving men's lives through better health.
White plaster walls and a curved ceiling play up natural lighting, while minimalist decor and furnishings (many of which they designed themselves) make the small space feel larger.
White plaster walls and a curved ceiling play up natural lighting, while minimalist decor and furnishings (many of which they designed themselves) make the small space feel larger.
The thrill of a home renovation can quickly be diminished by unforeseen circumstances, stretched budgets, and other unexpected issues. The good news is that most of the time these problems can be mitigated, if not avoided entirely, by keeping an eye out for warning signals. Read on as we go through essential home renovation tips to consider before kicking off your own revamp.
The thrill of a home renovation can quickly be diminished by unforeseen circumstances, stretched budgets, and other unexpected issues. The good news is that most of the time these problems can be mitigated, if not avoided entirely, by keeping an eye out for warning signals. Read on as we go through essential home renovation tips to consider before kicking off your own revamp.
The addition was created with custom concrete that matches the surrounding buildings, as well as the tones of the London stock brick.
The addition was created with custom concrete that matches the surrounding buildings, as well as the tones of the London stock brick.
The dwelling is raised on three marine-grade, aluminum-alloy flotation tubes, each with five sealed compartments for extra safety.
The dwelling is raised on three marine-grade, aluminum-alloy flotation tubes, each with five sealed compartments for extra safety.
Staying true to Airstream founder Wally Byam Credo’s mission “to provide a more satisfying, meaningful way of travel that offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go,” Airstream recently released the new Basecamp—the lightest trailer in the Airstream fleet.
Staying true to Airstream founder Wally Byam Credo’s mission “to provide a more satisfying, meaningful way of travel that offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go,” Airstream recently released the new Basecamp—the lightest trailer in the Airstream fleet.

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