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The California Academy of Science, located on the Golden Gate Park, combines research, exhibition, educational and office spaces. The sustainability is the key-factor of the intervention. Eco-friendly materials are chosen to minimize the environmental impact: recycled materials from the demolition of the old museum are used; a type of thick cotton batting, made from recycled blue jeans is used as thermal insulation; 90% of recycled metal has been used for the steel structure; the rainwater is recycled for irrigation; the air conditioning is replaced by a natural ventilation system; natural lighting in 90% of occupied spaces is used and 60,000 PV cells for electricity are integrated in the borders of the green roof. 


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California Academy of Science

 California 4 California 5
Location San Francisco (USA)
Latitude 39° 54'
Completion year 2008
Architect RPBW with Stantec Architecture
Typology Museum
Category Other
Surrounding Urban
Technology Monocrystalline
Power installed -
Orientation All
Microcrystallin PV Cell
Dimensions 190 m2