“Great art, new business and a stirring building recharges our creative batteries and helps us see the world in a new way.”
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.
68,000 sq. ft. / 6,300 sq. m.
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
Increase in attendance in the new building’s first year
Revenue infused into the regional economy during the museum’s first year
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