GRACE FARMS, SANAA 2015
Walking through SANAA's recently completed building, Grace Farms, is a
revelation. The desire of an architect's fascination with clarity and accommodation is evident. The building, if that’s what one would call it, is a slippery river of sinuous curves sliding down a hillside. It is more landscape than building. Interrupting this sliding shed structure are a series of volumes of curved glass, delicately floating underneath the warm wood roof serpentine. Each one is a program of specificity. Each one creates a space, in more ways than the structure above. This structure succeeds where others only trumpeted possibility. Here the collision of use and desire reside and are potent against the landscape. It’s an unexpected space, one to be championed.