Bridgette Meinhold

Fantastical New Salvador Dalí Museum in Florida is Also Hurricane Resistant

by , 08/27/11
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Image ©Moris Moreno

Before entering the museum, visitors are guided through gardens and a grotto, and then are led past the museum’s store. After passing through the store, they enter the open, three-story tall day-lit lobby and are stunned by the cast-in-place concrete spiraling staircase, inspired by both DNA and the Fibonacci sequence. Visitors can enjoy the cafe or take the staircase or elevators to the third floor gallery space, which features a permanent collection of 100 Dalí oil paintings as well as a temporary exhibit.

Hurricane resistant skylights provide natural daylighting for the gallery space and humidity is controlled using a solar hot water powered dehumidification system. High efficiency HVAC and ventilation systems minimize energy use, and the solar hot water system also provides domestic hot water. Indoor air quality is maintained by the use of low VOC materials and an energy efficient ventilation system. All the lighting in and around the building is energy efficient, especially the LED lighting used for the exterior.

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3 Comments

  1. Micheal October 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

    You put the lime in the coconut and drink the artilce up.

  2. namgiang May 29, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Why must every modern architecture have blank concrete walls and glass?? Where is the colour? Where is the texture? Where is the character? I have been to Dali’s own museum he designed in Figueres which has large eggs on the roof and loaves on bread on the outside of the building and he’s own residence welcomes the absurd also and if i had to compare it to this “inspired by Dali” building I would say i was looking at an office building.

  3. Lacey January 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I would loved to haven seen this unique architecture closer to Orlando or Miami, as I think it would be more fitting. Who knows? Maybe it would’ve been more expensive or simply not enough room? Either way it’s beautiful.

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