The California Academy
of Sciences balances a
commitment to biodiversity
with a demand for beauty.
Renzo Piano designed the living
roof at the California Academy of
Sciences, in Golden Gate Park, to
reflect San Francisco’s hilly terrain.
With 1. 7 million plants, the 2.5-acre
green roof is the largest in the state.
Top left, courtesy SWA Group; top right, courtesy
Renzo Piano Building Workshop; center, Tim Griffith