“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, www.calacademy.org/academy/building/the_living_roof/.
Our world needs more of these in our cities!
Photos taken January 29th, 2013
The Living Roof
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco