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California Academy of Sciences

Rising ever so gently from the lush landscape of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the new California Academy of Sciences is an exquisite achievement by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Italian architect and his collaborators have recently been extremely successful in the United States, winning several prestigious commissions, often for museums. Yet whereas such projects as the enlargement of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art or the addition of a pavilion for BCAM, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art appear muted by their well-intentioned contextualism, here in San Francisco the Piano team has responded with poetic clarity to the beauty of the site and again constructed a building that should be a model of its type for future generations of museum builders.
The Academy lies across from, and parallel to, the de Young Memorial Museum by Herzog...

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