The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

We love to visit The Living Roof whenever we visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  This paragraph from the Academy webpage states it best…

“An open-air observation terrace enables visitors to get a close-up look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants. The view encompasses the densest concentration of native wildflowers in San Francisco. The expansive vista is also an ideal location for watching Northern California’s birds, butterflies and insects. Skylights above the larger domes open and close throughout the day, enabling sunlight to reach the exhibits below. The steep slopes of the rooftop’s hills draw cool air into the open piazza at the center of the building. Weather stations on the roof monitor wind, rain, and changes in temperature to help inform the automated passive ventilation systems.”

For more information about the roof, visit the website,

Our world needs more of these in our cities!

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Photos taken January 29th, 2013

The Living Roof

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco


  1. mmtread says:

    We also need municipal and state governments to offer incentives (tax breaks, etc.) for converting rooftops and for new construction to have green roofs. Individuals and companies need encouragement and compelling reasons to go green.


  2. Kyle Kuns says:

    Nice to see your pictures of it. I watched the e2 series that did a special on the building of the museum. Definitely on my “to go” list next time I’m in SF. And I agree with you, our world does need more of these in our cities. Nice post.


    1. Thanks, Kyle. Yes, it’s definitely a must-see list for any visit to S.F. – not just the roof, but the entire museum! It’s amazing.


  3. Alex Jones says:

    Clever scheme.


    1. I wish I could have one!


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