The California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is among the largest museums of natural history in the world. It houses over twenty six million specimens today. The Academy began in 1853 but was completely rebuilt in 2008 after the earthquake. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is one of the most sustainable museums in the entire world.
Instructed to make a typographic book on a chosen piece of architecture, I was inspired by the Academy of Sciences’ overall shape and sustainable reputation. The roof is built of grass and native species and is meant to blend seamlessly into the rolling hills of the park and San Francisco. While there photographing, I was inspired by the harmonious relationship between the building itself and the species that live within it. My concept was born as “Living and Breathing” as the museum is very much alive. My book took on a scientific, magnified approach while keeping their exploratory approach.