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Inside the California Academy of Sciences (image courtesy Ethen Wood)

Life Without Buildings’ Man-On-The Street Ethen Wood stopped in to Renzo Piano’s New California Academy of Sciences, a building described by New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff as “a blazingly uncynical embrace of the Enlightenment values of truth and reason. Its Classical symmetry — the axial geometry, the columns framing a central entry — taps into a lineage that runs back to Mies van der Rohe’s 1968 Neue Nationalgalerie and Schinkel’s 1828 Altes Museum in Berlin and even further, to the Parthenon.” Continue reading for more museum photos—including the new Maya Lin installation—from last weekend’s members-only preview; surely the calm before the storm that will the insanely crowded public opening on Saturday.

renzo piano California Academy of Sciences

Inside the California Academy of Sciences (image courtesy Ethen Wood)

Above, a view of museum spaces merging. Standing in the Rainforest, looking down through the pond / aquarium, into the underwater tunnel below.

renzo piano California Academy of Sciences

Inside the California Academy of Sciences (image courtesy Ethen Wood)

 

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Maya Lin’s Sculpture outside the California Academy of Sciences (image courtesy Ethen Wood)

The seahorse railing was preserved from the original aquarium and a double-height view of the crocodile pit.

Maya Lin’s permanent installation, Where the Land Meets the Sea, an exploration of our relationship with the landscape and the greater environment. For more information on the sculpture, check out Spark*’s story on the development of the project.

2 Responses to A Look Inside the California Academy of Sciences by Renzo Piano

  1. Koichi says:

    I saw a documentary on this building. I really want to visit it sometime. I need to come up with some excuses to head down that way sometime soon

  2. S. Szabo says:

    I think a video is on YouTube.

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