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New Canaan's Grace Farms Named A Finalist For Architectural Prize

MCHAP judges, including: Ila Berman, Wiel Arets, Stan Allen, Jean Paul Crousse, Florencia Rodriguez; MCHAP Director Dirk Denison; SANAA Principal Kazuyo Sejima. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Christian Mortensen
Part of the sprawling Grace Farms center for arts and faith. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — The River Building at Grace Farms in New Canaan has been named a finalist for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, an international architecture award.

The award, established at the Illinois Institute of Technology, is named for pre-eminent modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

The winner of the MCHAP Prize will be announced Oct. 19 at a symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Kazuyo Sejima, a principal with the Grace Farms' architect SANAA, was in attendance when the MCHAP jury visited New Canaan recently to view the River Building, the renovated barns, and the preserved 80-acre landscape of Grace Farms.

The River Building was designed to be fully integrated with the landscape and to allow the site around it to be preserved as a diverse natural habitat that includes meadows, ponds, woodland, wetland, and numerous varieties of flora and fauna.

The news of the MCHAP nomination comes soon after three recent awards for Grace Farms.

Lighting design engineers BuroHappold recently won a Lumen Award, sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York City, for their work throughout the River  B Building and the site at Grace Farms.

In mid-June, the Greater New York Construction Users Council presented to Sciame Construction, Roschmann Steel & Glass and Grace Farms Foundation its 2016 honor in the category of Public Space.

Grace Farms Foundation was also honored in Ridgefield this March with a TownVibe Green Award in the not-for-profit category. The Green Awards recognize businesses, not-for-profits, and individuals that are leading the local fight to protect the environment while also creating a sustainable social and economic community.

Grace Farms Foundation was established in 2009 as a nonprofit to support initiatives in the areas of nature, arts, justice, community and faith, and encourage participation on a local, national and global level.

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