SFO: Visit to California Academy of Sciences

I certainly look at museums to see what is happening in experience design, but the California Academy of Science was also on my list for architectural reasons.  With a new natural environments gallery planned at QM I couldn’t help but be jealous of their live animals, bio-dome rainforest and aquarium environments, huge ceiling spaces, and great forecourt.

Fave museum design ideas to steal =

  1. Centralised “stage” in natural lighted area put public programming literally in the middle
  2. “Lab’ area showing current works and research in development
  3. Immersive theatre experience
  4. Building as “science experiment” and with sustainability measures built in for visitor awareness (eg- number of water bottles saved by those using drinking taps)
  5. Museum going outside with “curated’ landscape design with local plants and tags with scientific names in surrounding gardens
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