Dali Museum's Blobist Exterior Design
Salvador Dali Museum
St. Petersburg, Florida
The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida houses the second largest Dali collection in the world. Designed by HOK Architects, the museum’s exterior magnificently compliments the surrealist art within. The mixed-use structure was build to withstand harsh Florida winds while remaining sustainable, taking into account energy and water saving techniques.
Wrapping around the thick concrete is a glass façade that protrudes from different angles. Often referred to as ‘blobitecture,’ the exterior takes on the formation of a continuously growing organism. The triangular glass panels allow natural light to flood the interior, showcasing the cascading steel and concrete spiraling staircase.
The museum was constructed by Beck Group and opened for the first time at 11:11 A.M. on January 11, 2011.
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