California Academy of Sciences


One of San Francisco’s first sustainable building projects, the new California Academy of Sciences supports a stunning 2.5 acre green roof.  The native California plant palette was selected for its adaptability to the Bay Area’s seasonal irrigation cycle.  

Photography by Tom Fox/SWA

Photography by Tom Fox/SWA

Client – California Academy of Sciences

Architect – Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Location – Golden Gate Park Music Concourse

Date of Completion – 2008

Size – 12 acres

Firm of Record – SWA Group, Larry Reed as Principal Landscape Architect