“Great art, new business and a stirring building recharges our creative batteries and helps us see the world in a new way.”
The challenge was to create an affordable, iconic building symbolic of the Spanish painter’s work. The team needed to ensure technical feasibility and design excellence while avoiding “kitsch.”
The three-story museum is on a beautiful bayside site along St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront. The dramatic envelope balances the exhibition and protection of the priceless masterpieces within a simple, powerful aesthetic. A “treasure box” shelters the 2,000-piece collection from potential Category 5 hurricane winds and storm surges.
The design opens up the 18-inch-thick concrete walls with a free-form glass geodesic structure that intrigues visitors while bringing daylight and bay views into public spaces. The 75-foot-tall geodesic glass “Enigma” and 45-foot-tall “Igloo” are formed by 1,062 undulating faceted glass panes, with no two exactly alike.
A poured-in-place, sculptural concrete spiral staircase beckons visitors to the galleries above. In the Permanent Gallery, black plaster light cannons focus natural light on seven large “Masterworks,” illuminating the paintings with UV-filtered daylight within curatorial standards.
On its first anniversary in January 2012, the Dalí Museum announced it had welcomed 370,000 ticketed visitors from 50 countries in 2011, nearly doubling the previous year’s attendance in the museum’s former location.
68,000 sq. ft. / 6,300 sq. m.
Top Museum in the State – AIA Florida
Best Cultural Project – ENR Southeast
People’s Choice Award – AIA Tampa Bay
Distinctive Detail Award – AIA Tampa Bay
Design Excellence Award – Novum
Charles A. McIntosh Jr. Award of Distinction – The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
Project Achievement Award – CMAA West Central Florida Chapter
Excellence in Construction Project of the Year – Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Future of the Region Awards Project of the Year – Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
Best Museum – Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater “Best of” Online Survey
Increase in attendance in the new building’s first year
Revenue infused into the regional economy during the museum’s first year
1 March 2013
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26 January 2013
“Dalí and TMA: Watercolors”
7 November 2011
“Best Cultural/Worship: Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Fla.”
17 March 2011
“12 Arty Architectural Wonders”
28 January 2011
“Florida’s Newest Dalí Museum”
New York Times
13 January 2011
“Salvador Dalí Museum / HOK”
11 January 2011
“Dalí Museum Opens New Location with Pizazz”
31 July 2010
“Buildings You Have to See Before You Die”