The Salvador Dali Museum which located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is completed designed by the HOK Architectural firm. Which is precisely located on a scenic waterfront site in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., this museum project is covers an area for about 68, 00 square foot structure and doubles the size of the original 1982 Dali Museum, which is a one-story warehouse. The exhibits is include oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and other works from a 2, 140-piece permanent collection.
To construct this building, despite the complex processes is required, which is stands more than 75 feet tall and it is adorned bby 1, 062 unique, triangular glass panels, the $29.8million building project is completed on time by the architect on time and $700,000 under budget. The construction itself is begin in December 2008. It is internationally recognized by the architect Yann Weymount, AIA, LEED AP, as the director design for HOK’s Florida practise, and led the design team. The Dali is the HOK’s fourth museum project which is completed in the state which is pass in 6 years, it is including John and Mable Ringling Museum and the Cultural Complex in Sarasota, the Hazel Hough Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami. Weymouth also served as chief of design for I.M. Pei for both the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and for the Grand Louvre in Paris.
Weymouth said that The Salvador Dali is a monumental pioneer of Twentieth-century art and this is perhaps the best collection of this work in the world. The challenge is to discover how to resolve the technical requirements of the museum and the site in a way which is expresses the dynamism of the great art movement which Weymount led. It is very importatnt that the building speaks to the surreal without being trite. The art is protected by a 58 foot high, right-angled, Euclidean “treasure box” with thick concrete walls. A flowing, organic, triangulated glass “Enigma” (also name of a 1929 Dali painting) are disrupted the unfinished concrete box, it is opens the museum to the bay and the sky while it is forming an atrium roof which draws in the natural daylight.
The unfinished faces of the concrete which is deliberatelly exposed is achieved to reduce the maintenance and to allow it to be tough, the natural foil to the more refined precision of the glass Enigma. The constant theme in Dali’s work is the contrast between the rational world of the conscious and the more intuitive and surprising natural world.
Dali is a friend and admirer of Buckminster Fuller, who helped the pioneer geodesic geomettries and is a hero of Weymount’s. As an information, this is the type of free-form geodesic geometry in the United States. To create the three domensional models of the glazing forms before Novum Structures imported the model into its propietary software program and then engineered, HOK used the building information modeling (BIM), it is manufactured and installed by the Enigma and its glass sister, the “Igloo.”
The flowing, free-form use of the geodesic triangulation is a recent innovation which is enabled by the modern computer analysis and digitally controlled fabrication which is allows each the component to be unique. The 75-foot-high atium glass is energized by a soaring, poured-in-place concrete spiral staircase, it is also invites the visitors to proceed from the ground-level entrance up to the third-floor galleries. With the light cable-stayed stainless steel guardrails which is floating in delicate juxtaposition, the raw concrete spiral flows at its base into the visitor reception desk. The helical stairway design is an allusion to Dali’s fascination with spiral forms in nature and the double helix of DNA. A seven unique suspended black plaster “light cannons” funnel daylight onto the largest of the Dali masterworks is placed in the exhibition galleries on the third floor. A sculptural gallery which is appears to magically land in the center of the ‘egg’ skylight is connected the art exhibition spaces, it is providing an ample light and sweeping vistas which is overlooking the Tampa Bay.
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Photography by Moris Moreno