"The building had to be green and sustainable to go with its purpose-study of the earth and science. It is also in a very unusual place, the middle of one of the most beautiful parks in the world. You almost never get a chance to build something in the middle of a great park, so it needed to be transparent. You needed to see where you are. Normally, a museum of natural science is created like a theater, so that you can have the exhibits inside. All museums normally are opaque; they are closed, like a kingdom of darkness, and you are trapped inside. But here you need to know about the connection with nature, so almost anywhere you are in this building you can see through to the outside."
Renzo Piano zu seinem Entwurf der California Academy of Science (CAOS) in San Francisco.
All photos © Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Architects California Academy of Science (CAOS), San Francisco