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Beauty by the Bay

The Dalí Museum
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

“Great art, new business and a stirring building recharges our creative batteries and helps us see the world in a new way.”

Hank Hine
Executive Director, The Dalí Museum
Tampa Bay Times

Named one of AOL Travel’s “Buildings You Have to See Before You Die,” this new museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dalí’s art outside of Spain.

The American Institute of Architects placed the building on its distinguished “Florida Architecture of the Last 100 Years” list and Flavorwire ranked it among the “20 Most Beautiful Museums in the World.” The Michelin Guide rates it as the top museum in the American South.

The design challenge was to create an affordable, iconic building symbolic of the Spanish painter’s work. The team ensured 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.

The Dalí Museum has reported that the number of ticketed visitors since the new museum opened in 2011 has far surpassed previous attendance.

SIZE

68,000 sq. ft. / 6,300 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Master Planning

AWARDS

AIA Florida – Top Museum in the State

AIA Tampa Bay – Distinctive Detail Award

AIA Tampa Bay – People’s Choice Award

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Excellence in Construction Project of the Year

CMAA West Central Florida – Project Achievement Award

ENR Southeast – Best Cultural Project

Novum – Design Excellence Award

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council – Charles A. McIntosh Jr. Award of Distinction

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council – Future of the Region Awards Project of the Year

Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater “Best of” Online Survey – Best Museum

185%

Increase in attendance in the new building’s first year

$156.5 million

Revenue infused into the regional economy during the museum’s first year

 

NEWS

1 March 2013
“10 Modern Museums That (Nearly) Upstage the Art Inside”
GOOD

26 January 2013
“Dalí and TMA: Watercolors”
Creative Loafing

7 November 2011
“Best Cultural/Worship: Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Fla.”
Engineering News-Record

17 March 2011
“12 Arty Architectural Wonders”
MSN Travel

28 January 2011
“Florida’s Newest Dalí Museum”
New York Times

13 January 2011
“Salvador Dalí Museum / HOK”
ArchDaily

11 January 2011
“Dalí Museum Opens New Location with Pizazz”
CNN

31 July 2010
“Buildings You Have to See Before You Die”
AOL Travel