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September 23, 2009


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wow, this is amazing! Renzo Piano has always been one of my favorite architects and this just solidifies that once again.


I have been reading a lot about living walls and roofs. This was absolutely awesome. Thank you for the photos.

Chantay Smithingell

Awesome! This is the most fascinating rooftop that I’ve ever seen! It’s quite amazing how these hollow windows form part of the roofing structure. At first glance, it can be mistaken as a hill filled with holes! The creator is a natural born artist-scientist. I’m just curious where he got this idea. Maybe he took it from the moon’s structure?

Nelson Mcglaughlin

I’ve always been conscious of green roofs because I love seeing other people’s different methods of putting up one and making it unique at the same time. But now I shall rest my hunt. This is the coolest!! It looks like a starship in disguise. I would actually be afraid to come close and wouldn’t have thought there was some kind of a rainforest in there. This is awesome! :D

Lino Kosters

You could be right, Ashlee! I think it would be great if more facilities in the country will emulate the design? If schools or research labs would try this, the personnel and students might find it the atmosphere comfortable and cozy while learning at the same time! =)

Ashlee Starns

Aside from its cool looks, I’m sure that it also feels cool inside that facility. With its teeming greens everywhere, you won’t need high powered ventilation appliances at all. That’s quite the savings in your electricity bill, isn’t it? I wish to be able to go there someday and feel the ambiance of nature being in harmony with technology.

Max Boughner

Cool! That is probably the most amazing green roof I’ve ever seen! It looks so futuristic. In fact, it almost looks like a space station or something, but green, hehe! I sure do want to visit there someday!

Nelson Kamaka

Looking at the first picture, I was quite surprised to realize that those pop-up windows are part of the roofing structure. That is way cool! Spending $500 M to build the California Academy of Sciences was indeed worth it. :)

Sierra Nordgren

Whoa! Now that's a green roof! At first you'd think the green roof pictured in the first few pictures is a bunch of odd hills, and the mind is blown away once you realize that there are rooms underneath those fake hills. It's cool (in more ways than one) architecture, from interior to roof.

grow lights

Oh my god! This is so beautiful and something extra ordinary roof. It is just different roof and very rare people have seen or build this type of roof. The most adorable thing that you have done is you have shared very beautiful pictures of it.

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