The Museum's Alive!

Believe it or not, that meadow-like landscape is the 2 1/2 acre LIVING roof of the newly renovated California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. It sits atop an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and an amazing 4-story rainforest.

The roof itself is an AWESOME feet of green engineering. It naturally regulates the building’s temperature, supports 1.7 MILLION native plants and the 60,000 photovoltaic solar cells surrounding the roof generate a percentage of the museum’s power.

The California Academy of Sciences is truly ALIVE! With many exotic plants and animals calling it home; like tropical birds, fish and flowers, ants, lizards, snakes, coral reefs and even penguins. Sure beats a stuffed grizzly bear!

Other notable green innovations include using recycled denim as insulation and rechargeable vehicle stations. After nearly 10 years and $500 MILLION dollars the museum opened its doors this weekend, so what are you waiting for! Go check it out.

Via TreeHugger.

From our partners

About Author


  • iphone  April 10, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Ja by skazala o monumentalnosti, grandioznosti nekotoryh sjuzhetov. A nazvala by – “nefiltrovannyj real”. Na moj vzgljad, krasota – jeto vse-taki drugoe: luchshee, chistoe, izbrannoe, zastavljajuwee trepetat i porazhatsja. Mozhno najti krasotu vo vsem, no vsjo skopom – ne est krasota. Imho.

  • Baloo  April 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Вах вах =) спасибо, весь инет облазил чтобы найти это =)

  • Boaz  April 28, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Ja v principe, malo, chto smyslju v jetm poste, no postarajus vse taki ponjat.

  • Around the Web