The California Academy of Sciences has just completed one of the world's most innovative building programs - a "green" building housing an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and world-class research facility.
This record-setting sustainable new home for the Academy, designed by Renzo Piano, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has reached completion after nearly a decade of planning and fundraising and will open to the public on September 27, 2011.
The new building stands as an embodiment of the Academy’s mission to explore, explain and protect the natural world. Expected to earn a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the new Academy is topped with a 2.5-acre living roof and employs a wide range of energy-saving materials and technologies.
The California Academy of Sciences is an international leader in scientific research about the natural world. Founded in 1853 as the first scientific institution in the West. The new facility will not only hold exhibits but also serve as one itself, inspiring visitors to conserve natural resources and help sustain the diversity of life on Earth.