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Finishing Touches on New Dali Museum

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The new Dali Museum under construction. Photo courtesy of HOK.


Next month, the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida will move into its new building—an edifice designed by Yann Weymouth and his team at HOK to house the burgeoning collection of works by the Surrealist artist. Home to the largest private collection in the world of Salvador Dali’s artwork, the Dali Museum opened in a nondescript warehouse in 1982, with a subsequent addition in 1989.


The new building provides the institution with the opportunity to showcase Dali’s visionary and idiosyncratic paintings in a work of architecture inspired by his legacy. The nearly 70,000 SF structure is defined by the unexpected marriage of two primary figures—a raw concrete box and a curvilinear glass and steel enclosure. This enclosure consists of more than one thousand unique triangulated glass panels—an homage by Weymouth to Buckminster Fuller, who was both a friend to Dali and a mentor to Weymouth.


The new museum will open on January 11, 2011 (1-11-11), eight blocks north of the current museum’s location at One Dali Boulevard.




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.