Bridgette Meinhold

Fantastical New Salvador Dalí Museum in Florida is Also Hurricane Resistant

by , 08/27/11
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Image ©Michael Rixon

A cool roof coating and light colored materials used on the building and pathways reduce the heat island effect as well as cooling loads. The exterior is landscaped with native and Florida-friendly vegetation and landscape irrigation is provided through reclaimed water to reduce potable water usage. Permeable pavers help infiltrate stormwater and an underground stormwater filtration system minimizes pollutants that enter into Tampa Bay. All the concrete for the entire project makes use of flyash or ground granulated blast furnace slag as a replacement for Portland cement, along with 97% recycled steel for the rebar.

The end result is a stunningly impressive museum that sets off Dalí’s works in the best light. Viewing the master’s art becomes more of a full body experience for all the senses and more importantly, the artwork is protected to the highest standards. St. Petersburg has received a precious gift in terms of a landmark for both art and architecture lovers.

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Images Courtesy of HOK ©Moris Moreno & Michale Rixen

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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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