Japanese firm SANAA has been awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for 2014/15 for their Grace Farms project in New Canaan, Connecticut. The MCHAP prize seeks to recognize the "most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents." The founders of SANAA, Kazuko Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, were awarded $50,000 at the prize ceremony yesterday evening at the Illinois Institute of Technology's S. R. Crown Hall in Chicago where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was also in attendance as co-chair. The prize money will go toward funding research and publication (the exact subject, of which, seems to-be-determined). SANAA's winning project, Grace Farms, opened in October last year. The building, known as The River, features a ribbon-like, undulating roofscape that meanders through its natural context. With a glass facade on either side and being elevated by stilts, the roof appears to float through its surroundings. The River attracted 50,000 within the first six months of it opening, with visitors taking part in architectural tours, community dinners, lectures and discussions, concerts, athletics, and worship services and just simply exploring the 80-acre site. In addition to Grace Farms, the finalists for MCHAP comprised the following:
- Weekend House by Angelo Bucci, São Paulo, Brazil
- UTEC Campus by Grafton Architects, Lima, Peru
- Pachacamac Museum by Llosa Cortegana, Lima, Peru
- Tower 41 by Alberto Kalach, Mexico City, Mexico
- Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan, Los Angeles, California, U.S.