INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum
INHABITAT: The building features numerous green systems, including a solar hot water powered dehumidification system, high efficiency HVAC and ventilation systems, permeable pavers, and strategic lighting – did BIM play a role in optimizing the efficiency of these additions?
YANN: BIM was helpful, but old-fashioned common sense and calculations played a big part too very early in strategic decisions, such as building orientation, where to open to vistas, where to shade spaces. We use the LEED checklist on all our projects, and our mechanical engineers at TLC were deeply involved in optimizing every system, using our BIM building model.
INHABITAT: How did BIM help you troubleshoot as the museum was being constructed? Did fewer issues arise due to the use of BIM from the offset?
YANN: Beck used our BIM drawings and model very rigorously, and we communicated easily and continuously throughout the construction – as a result there were only a handful of change orders.
INHABITAT: What impression do you hope the architecture of the building will make on its visitors? What do you hope they will take away from their experience?
YANN: People like the building, and it continues to attract them. A recent museum survey found that some 70% said they came primarily to see the building, before then discovering the collection. We designed the building to create a sense of anticipation of the collection, a celebration of the beautiful bayside site, and to shelter and celebrate an extraordinary and unique art collection. Our hope is that as one walks away from the visit, one carries a deep and lasting memory of a few of the amazing works of art created by Dalí, a desire to return to see more, and a sense of joy and wonder.
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