New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences

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    Project update 2010 - Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: The iconic new building opened in September 2008 and is the largest public LEED Platinum-rated building in the world, and the world’s greenest museum. The design (inset) demonstrates the effective integration of concerns for sustainable construction with sophisticated architectural design.

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    Project update 2010 - Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Over 1.75 million native plants grace the roof of this new building.

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    Project update 2010 - Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: The building houses an Aquarium, Planetarium and Natural History Museum in addition to Research and Education facilities.

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    Project update 2010 - Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Living roof

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    Holcim Awards Silver 2005 - North America, "New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences" (l-r): Jean Rogers, environmental engineer and sustainability consultant, Ove Arup & Partners, San Francisco, USA; John Patrick Kociolek, natural scientist, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA; Olaf de Nooijer, Renzo Piano Workshop, Italy

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Bird's-eye-view of new California Academy of Sciences

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA.

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Front entrance of new CAS.

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Living roof prototype 1

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Living roof prototype 2

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Sustainable Planetarium

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Rainforests of the World

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Interior Piazza

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Sustainable Design

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    Project entry 2005 - New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA: Research, Collections, Admin

  • Awards Silver 2005–2006 North America

This entry focuses on a sophisticated roof construction as an integral part of the design: the roof as enclosure, as a filter for daylight, as a public terrace, and as a membrane satisfying technical requirements such as water retention, drainage, heat absorption, solar protection, and insulation. 

By Renzo Piano, - Renzo Piano Building Workshop srl, Genoa, ItalyJohn Kociolek - California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, USA and

The iconic new building opened in September 2008 is the largest public LEED Platinum-rated building in the world. The project integrates concerns about sustainability and architectural design in the construction of a major public building.

New Sustainable California Academy of Sciences

Project authors

  • Renzo Piano

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop srl

    Italy

  • John Kociolek

    California Academy of Sciences

    USA

  • Jean Rogers

    Arup California

    USA

  • PWD
    Paul William Donahue

    California Academy of Sciences

    USA

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