Taking shape in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, right across from the Herzog & de Meuron’s fabulous de Young Museum, is the California Academy of Sciences by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Slated to open in September 2008, many of the exhibit spaces are in final stages of construction. Including the Californian Coastal Tank, Tropical Rainforest and Swamp Tank shown below.
The exteriors are mostly complete although the landscaping, particularly the other-worldly living roof, will no doubt benefit from some Spring growth.
Just this week, Renzo Piano was announced as the recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal for 2008.