We’ve finally made it coast to coast, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Philly to San Francisco.
This city has something to offer for everyone. Extreme sports fanatics, designers, techies, foodies…you name it. Our time here was spent with a friend from school, in beautiful sunny (and a little windy) weather.
Let’s talk about these sidewalks though…
Most of our trips so far have been hiking and camping, and we were excited to walk around the city to take a break. Nope. Because of the hills, the city has basically permanently grown on various steep slopes, so our calves were at it again.
I was pretty excited to check out some of the most inspiring projects we’ve studied in school while out on the west coast. While some were impressive, others were less encouraging.
SFMOMA, Mario Botta with Snohetta Expansion
This museum is definitely worth visiting. For nerdy architects and regular art lovers alike, it was fun to watch people amused by the spaces provided within the original, symmetrical on-axis building and the triangulated forms in the new.
Renzo Piano’s Academy of the Sciences is a science museum in the Golden Gate Park right in downtown SF. The picture you always see is a rooftop image, with punctured skylights on a curved surface. In fact, the image makes you think that contextually, this building exists mostly underground and this roof structure blends in with a field. Not the case.
Admission was also pretty pricy ($39), and they had stopped letting people in when we got there. I’ll just say this: science should not be that expensive.
Day 2: Across the Bay
With the interest of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and the John Muir Woods, we headed north.
John Muir Woods
Technically a national park, these woods are a conserved area of redwood trees close to the city.