HOK: salvador dali museum now open
jan 13, 2011
HOK: salvador dali museum now open

‘salvador dali museum’ by HOK in st. petersburg, florida
all images courtesy HOK

image credit: HOK and moris moreno




the new ‘salvador dali museum‘ by international practice HOK celebrated its grand opening on january 11, 2011, at 11:11 am in st. petersburg, florida. the 68,000 square-foot project hosts the biggest collection of the surrealist painter’s work in the world. conscientious of the art movement which the museum would house, the design process was driven by the nature of surrealist art as well as the local site conditions, such as the hurricanes that threaten florida’s west coast yearly.

image credit: HOK and moris moreno




‘our challenge was to discover how to resolve the technical requirements of the museum and site in a way that expresses the dynamism of the great art movement that he led. it is important that the building speaks to the surreal without being trite,’ said the director of design at HOK’s florida practice, yann weymoth, who also led the project’s design team.

details of triangulated glass panels
image credit: HOK and moris moreno




the museum is composed of two contrasting elements: a ‘treasure box’ constructed out of thick unfinished concrete which protects the body of work, and a sculptural glass atrium that supplies natural light to the interior. the first of its kind in the united states, the free-form geodesic addition is structurally robust despite its transparency.

from the waterfront
image credit: HOK and moris moreno

(left) view of the atrium from the third storey level
(right) glass ceiling
image credit: HOK and moris moreno

glass atrium
image credit: HOK and moris moreno



influenced by dali’s fascination with spiral forms, the main atrium space features a poured-in-place concrete spiral staircase leading visitors up to the third-floor galleries. an optimal amount of diffused daylight is funneled by seven suspended ‘light cannons’ made out of black plaster.

views of the spiral staircase
image credit: HOK and moris moreno

looking up through the center of the spiral staircase
image credit: HOK and beck group

staircase under construction
image credit: HOK and beck group

raw pour-in-place concrete
image credit: HOK and beck group

gallery space
image credit: HOK and michael rixon

(left) circulation of gallery space
(right) suspended ‘light cannon’ above the art work for natural daylighting
image credit: HOK and michael rixon

entrance and plaza
image credit: HOK and moris moreno

image credit: HOK and moris moreno

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