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San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences

With its living roof of seven undulating hillocks that house a tapestry of native plant species, this stunning modern structure designed by Renzo Piano blends seamlessly into the landscape. This state-of-the-art museum, built with sustainability in mind, features an aquarium, a self-contained four-story rainforest, a planetarium along with two restaurants. The new Academy brings the whole universe under one roof with its aquarium, planetarium and the natural history museum. But there’s a lot more in the 412,000 square foot structure that is not only physically impressive, but it just may be the greenest museum on the planet. The 2 ½ acre Living Roof with an expansive solar canopy, an extensive water reclamation system has walls insulated with recycled blue jeans!