California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, CA
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N 37° 46.207 W 122° 27.890
10S E 547132 N 4180444
Quick Description: The California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The museum was rebuilt a few year ago on the site of the older museum.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/29/2011 1:07:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMBB4K
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
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Long Description:
"Construction began on the new $500 million dollar building on September 12, 2005, while the exhibits were moved to 875 Howard Street for a temporary museum. The design architect for the museum replacement project is Renzo Piano. His design was given the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for Excellence: The Americas in 2008, considered the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program, and it won the Holcim Award Silver for sustainable construction projects for the of region North America in 2005. One critic praised the building as a "blazingly uncynical embrace of the Enlightenment values of truth and reason" and a "comforting reminder of the civilizing function of great art in a barbaric age."

The new building is at the forefront of environmentally-friendly design, in keeping with the academy's focus on ecological concerns and environmental sustainability. It received Platinum certification under the LEED program. As a result of its environmentally-friendly design and other unique features, this project was featured on the Discovery Channel Extreme Engineering series in 2006 and on the National Geographic Channel Man-Made series in July 2008." (visit link)
Architect: Renzo Piano

Prize received: Pritzker Architecture Prize

In what year: 1998

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