The Impossible Build

When a devastating earthquake destroyed the original California Academy of Sciences buildings in San Francisco the decision was made to rebuild and go “green”. Out of the rubble rose the world’s largest public LEED building, with its undulating living roof floating above the vista of Golden Gate Park. The Impossible Build documents the creation of this structural marvel, from the world’s largest indoor tropical reef to its rain forest dome complete with walk-through underwater tunnels. But what makes the building truly incredible is that it sits on top of an active fault line and yet is made predominantly of glass.

50 mins. Produced by NGT for the National Geographic Channel, 2008.