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The UCSF Institute for Regeneration Medicine is a remarkable example of how architectural ingenuity can overcome even the most difficult challenges.
Because the University of California SF is located on a mountainside, its available room for expansion is fairly limited. Rafael ViÃ±oly Architects have cleverly approached that problem by designing the UCSF Institute for Regeneration Medicine to be a horizontal green-roofed tower that curves and contours with the sloping hillside. The building houses four giant green roof terraces that help regulate the institute’s interior temperatore while also soaking up rainwater—two benefits that contributed to the building’s Silver LEEDs status.