The Dalì Museum has opened its doors to visitors in 2011; it was designed by global architecture firm HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm that counts 1,700 people collaborating across a network of 23 offices on three different continents.

For the museum, the design challenge was to create an affordable, iconic building symbolic of the Spanish painter’s work. The three-story museum is on a beautiful bayside site along St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront, in Florida. The peculiar envelope balances the exhibition and protect the priceless masterpieces within a simple, powerful aesthetic: “the treasure box shelters the 2,000-pieces collection from potential Category 5 hurricane winds and storm surges.” The American Institute of Architects placed the building on its distinguished “Florida Architecture of the Last 100 Years” list and Flavorwire ranked it among the “20 Most Beautiful Museums in the World.” The Michelin Guide rates it as the top museum in the American South. Recently it was also named one of AOL Travel’s “Buildings you have to see before you die”.


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