Genius Pool: Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano has quite a resume. His famous architectural works are well respected in the design world, including such minimalist structures as the Pompidou, the modern art museum in Paris, France. Most recent of his accomplishments is the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA. Here he showcased the contemporary union of energy efficiency and architectural modernity. To insulate the building, for example, they used recycled denim (something that is probably only possible in warmer climates). More fantastic though is the 2.7 acre roof of rolling grass hills, where the hint of infrastructure is through small circular windows lining the rounded spots of green.
Check out the Academy’s website here.
Or, check out the visual slideshow on NYTimes. (recommended)