Pacific breeze.

Ever since I first heard about the new California Academy of Sciences, designed by Renzo Piano, which opened on September 27, I wanted to go to San Francisco and see for myself. Recent articles are enthusiastic, even ecstatic, describing the building as “environmental marvel” and a “reaffirmation that human history is an upward spiral rather than a descent into darkness.” According to its reviewers, “the greenest museum in the world” “touches the ground with the delicacy of a ballerina” and looks like “a delicate piece of fine embroidery.”

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Green, symmetrical, classical?

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Floating, undulating, natural?

To me the skylights on the bumps in the roof look like scales or the facets of a fly’s eye…

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Lush, complex, energetic?

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Light, weightless, transparent?

See New York Times article and slideshow and The Guardian article and slideshow.

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