Sunday, March 16, 2008

New California Academy of Sciences Building

The roof design “is like lifting up a piece of the park and putting a building under it.”-Piano

The Music Concourse in Golden Gate park has gone through some extreme changes in the last few years.

First, the building housing the de Young and Asian Art Museum was demolished and a fabulous new copper coated de Young, designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, was built on the old site.

Second, the California Acacemy of Sciences building was demolished, and its' replacement, designed by Renzo Piano, will be opening on September 27th.

The facade of Africa Hall was preserved. And some elements of the old interior were reproduced in the new building: My favourite, the Alligator "swamp" at the main entrance, has been remade.

Categories:Science San Francisco

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