Architect

Renzo Piano

Year of Completion

2008

Client

California Academy of Sciences

Material of interest

Concrete

Material Used

Concrete

Material Properties

The concrete mix achieved the ultra-low shrinkage requirements, and cast-in-place concreted allowed for complex geometry to be achieved.

Application

Exterior, interior

Climate

Mediterran Climate

Environmental Response

All concrete contains 30% fly ash, a by-product of coal-fired power plants. It also contains 20% slag, a waste product from metal smelting. These industrial by-products would otherwise be destined for a landfill. The use of locally extracted aggregates for the concrete mix is a major contributing factor in the quest for a LEED platinum rating.

Keywords

Museum, concrete, San Francisco, piano

Location

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Date submitted

2014

Disciplines

Architecture

California Academy of Sciences

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