California Acedemy Of Sciences Seems To Be Part Of Nature

California Academy of Sciences, a science and Research Center building jointly designed by Renzo Piano and Stantec Architecture. The California Academy of Science is an institute founded in 1853 in San Francisco, California, and one of the most prestigious research organizations in America.

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Designed by Renzo Piano, the Academy’s museum building is formed by a combination of two pre-existing buildings, each with a glass dome, about 28 meters high. The California Academy of Science Museum has a planetarium, aquarium, exhibition areas and a large Yesil roof. The mass fiction of all these spaces under the Yesil roof gives the roof its shape.

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The 3,500-square-foot complex resembles a park plucked from the ground and raised 10 feet. Its green roof, with 1.7 million Yesil plants above it, acts like a natural topography. The roof, which acts as a flat towards the corners of the structure, rises towards the middle of the complex, forming the main two domes of the museum. These domes, one above the planetarium and the other above the rainforest exhibition area, resemble natural hillocks. Above the domes are round skylights, and these windows open and close, providing natural air circulation inside the museum.

Sustainable architecture is one of the main features of this project. Piano was awarded the Best Design Award given by LEED for its design. The California Academy of Science Museum is awarding this award with its many Yesil strategies. The natural soil layer under the Yesil roof acts as a very effective insulating layer. Artificial air conditioning systems are not needed inside the museum, while the building’s heat preservation is provided in this way.

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Solar energy is converted into electrical energy by photovoltaic panels placed in the transparent canopy of the roof. More than 5% of the museum’s electricity needs are provided in this way. Elements such as material choice, recycling strategies, natural light use, water use, storm water collection systems, and energy use also contribute to making the California Academy of Science Museum a sustainable museum building as a whole.

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) + Stantec Architecture
Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, USA
Year of construction: 2008

Image Credit:  Tim Griffith

Written by Stephanie Green

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