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The Dalí Museum / HOK

  • 00:00 - 13 January, 2011
The Dalí Museum / HOK
The Dalí Museum / HOK, © Moris Moreno
© Moris Moreno

© Moris Moreno © Moris Moreno © Moris Moreno © Moris Moreno +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, United States
  • Design Team

    Duncan Broyd, Eva Busato, David Chason, Jenny Collins Miers, Susan Dame, Carly Debacker, Gary Erickson, Ralph Evans, Miranda Hensley, Will Hollingsworth, Scott Hughes, Laura Matson, Foard Meriwether, Eddie Pabon, Van Phrasavath, Lynn Puckett, Mary Sabel, Oliver Schwarz, Tommy Sinclair, Nicole Stearley, Izzy Torres, Anna Vasquez, Yann Weymouth, Sean Williams
  • Area

    68000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

  • Programming And Master Planning

    HOK
  • Structural Engineer

    Walter P. Moore & Associates Inc.
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer

    TLC Engineering for Architecture
  • Program Manager

    Peter Arendt
  • Civil Engineer

    WilsonMiller Stantec Inc.
  • Landscape Architect

    Phil Graham and Company
  • Lighting Designer

    George Sexton Associates
  • General Contractor

    The Beck Group
  • Glass Structure Consultant

    Novum Structures LLC
  • Acoustical Consultant

    Siebein Associates Inc.
  • Code Consultant

    Rolf Jensen & Associates Inc.
  • Food Service Consultant

    Schwartz Schwartz & Associates
  • Graphics/Signage Consultant

    Dan Meeker Design
  • Hardware Consultant

    S.B.S. Associates, Inc.
  • Client

    Salvador Dalí Museum
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Moris Moreno
© Moris Moreno

From the architect. 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.

Courtesy of HOK
Courtesy of HOK

Courtesy of HOK Courtesy of HOK Courtesy of HOK Courtesy of HOK +50

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.

© Moris Moreno
© Moris Moreno
Courtesy of HOK
Courtesy of HOK

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.

© Moris Moreno
© Moris Moreno

"We constantly consider the visitor experience when we design a museum. A large number of people visiting a museum will be there for the first time. The architecture must be extremely easy to understand. It can be quite adventurous and stimulating, but the circulation pathways should be clear from the moment visitors arrive at the building.

© Beck & Mike Rixon
© Beck & Mike Rixon

© Moris Moreno © Moris Moreno © Beck & Mike Rixon © Beck & Mike Rixon +50

"We deliberately exposed the unfinished faces of the concrete to reduce maintenance and to allow it to be a tough, natural foil to the more refined precision of the glass Enigma. This contrast between the rational world of the conscious and the more intuitive, surprising natural world is a constant theme in Dalí's work.

© Moris Moreno
© Moris Moreno

"The flowing, free-form use of geodesic triangulation is a recent innovation enabled by modern computer analysis and digitally controlled fabrication that allows each component to be unique. No glass panel, structural node or strut is precisely the same. This permitted us to create a family of shapes that, while structurally robust, more closely resembles the flow of liquids in nature." —Yann Wymouth, design director for HOK Florida.

© Beck & Mike Rixon
© Beck & Mike Rixon

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "The Dalí Museum / HOK" 13 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/103728/salvador-dali-museum-hok/>
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67 Comments

BG · July 13, 2016

the concrete box has terminal glass cancer

Hung Viet Tham · March 23, 2013

i am Hung.I am a Artist Model Art.I very Like Daly.He is close Fiend.I see Him at Museum Nationaly At Melbourne of Australia.I want to show my picture together Him.i am a New President of New THE WORLD.Mr Hung BIG.

SUITEny · July 21, 2012

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Qui Mineo · March 28, 2012

Una architettura ad effetto, come erano i dipinti di Salvador Dalì. Anche quelli contenuti sempre nella cornice... http://t.co/P7iQJPoy

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Daniela Marmol · January 27, 2011

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ALAsadi Fatemah · January 24, 2011

Salvador Dali Museum / HOK, he design throgh 3dmax, he let the 3dmax control him not he control 3dmax.

Floridian · February 08, 2011 03:54 AM

Great grammar!

Floridian · January 21, 2011

It's funny how all this so-called "critical dialogue" (in a vacuum) is focused only on subjective interpretations of some other would-be parti for the project. Not one positive comment on this board (typical of sycophantic "architects"). You have no concept of the client-goals, budget, code, context, construction schedule, contractor, etc,- that went into this project, so you sit back and "fire away" at form. Very telling of your vast levels of relative experience. Good luck out there with your afflicted myopia.

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George · January 15, 2011

I once made a negative comment on Dali to one of my architecture professors. He had met and spoken with Dali on a extended trip in Europe.He explained Dali to me.Early in his career, Dali was living in a second floor apartment. Every morning Dali would walk out of his rooms, exit the front door and roll down the outside stair.Every day the square, the apartment fronted, would have more and more people gathering to watch Dali roll down the stairs. On the day when the square was finally filled with spectators, Dali arose, exited his front door and walked down the stair.This building never seems to walk down the stairs.

john · January 14, 2011

A man-made disaster

Nicholas Patten · January 14, 2011

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BillyBob · January 14, 2011

A boring building to house some truly awful art. Pity that it is designed to withstand a cat 5 hurricane.

Kat Mitchell · January 14, 2011

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rodbazo · January 14, 2011

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part · January 14, 2011

Starting from the name of the place (St.Petersburg in Florida?!), to the building itself - it's all no more than a great pap.
if it really must belong somewhere, it should be located between two casino buildings in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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SD · January 14, 2011

Love Dali,
Hate the building,
looks ridiculous.

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Steven De Feo · January 14, 2011

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DS26 · January 14, 2011

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mtzmt · January 14, 2011

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Luiz Fellipe · January 14, 2011

Um dos projetos de arquitetura mais bonitos deste século - Museu Salvador Dali - http://www.archdaily.com/10372...

Rembo · January 14, 2011

For the first time, a building has made me laugh. Looks like a Sunday morning rat brain.

David · January 14, 2011

When diagrams go wrong.

jb · January 14, 2011

This is a really cheap looking building... but congratulations on being under budget I guess? And why is it so colorless?

toty · January 14, 2011

Kitch, terrible, ridiculous, this building represents the work of not there in Dali!

mhash · January 14, 2011

Would have been more interesting if they had differenced the transparent solid from the opaque solid.

Victor · January 14, 2011

I don't quite see the relationship between the artist and this building. Its certainly not beautiful.

Alex · January 14, 2011

Alessandro obviously prefers a Thomas Kinkade collection.

As much as I hate Ghery's work, I think he would have designed a more appropriate, melty looking building for Dali's work to live.

Alex · January 14, 2011 12:01 AM

Oh and why is this in Florida?

Alessandro · January 13, 2011

Hard to tell what's tackier - Dali's work or this building. Certainly they were meant to be together.

andrew · January 13, 2011

Dali was much greater than this...i don't see this building representing his work

justavisual · January 13, 2011

snooze...

dali thru corporate eyes

nimaJ · January 13, 2011

I hardly comment negatively on a website. But it is hard to imagine a more obvious and forced marriage between surrealism and corporate architecture. The conservative use of forms and figures in Dali's paintings and perhaps mustache combined with normative corporate architecture detailing creates an architecture essay similar to what a polished student would write on Surrealism to get his grade. Why couldn't the client look at the body of the work of an office an guess if what they have been doing was at best finding pleasant pragmatic solutions to architecture problems, the Salvador Dali museum is a bit more challenging than that.

brianB · January 13, 2011

This building is fantastic and suits the artist well enough. I think that it could have been a bit more edgy and abstract, less white, more color for someone with a personality like Dali, but it looks like a great place to be.

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