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The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

surreal architecture is fitting tribute to the eccentric artist's work...

The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
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Surreal, innovative and utterly-compelling, HOK’s dramatic architectural delight is a fitting tribute to the eccentric works it houses…

Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s St. Petersburg – a city that has earned the nickname “God’s waiting room” for its popularity as a place of retirement – is perhaps not the first place you’d imagine much in the way of culture, let alone ground-breaking architecture. Yet, housing the largest collection of Salvador Dalí’s work outside of Europe, the newly opened Dalí Museum replaces the original 1982 museum with a breath-taking 68,000-square-foot structure that accommodates a priceless, 2,140-piece permanent collection of the Catalan surrealist’s work. Inspired by both his art and by a need to shelter the works from the severe hurricanes that so frequently threaten Florida’s west coast, architects HOK have created a stunning concrete block, from which an astonishing glass “Enigma” emanates, bulging with 1.5inch thick, triangulated glass panels. Surreal, innovative and utterly-compelling, HOK’s dramatic architectural delight is a fitting tribute to the eccentric works it houses…

The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Photography: HOK/Moris Moreno

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