We already knew it was special. Now, the museum called one of the top 10 buildings you need to see before you die, has just received another accolade from one of the most prestigious architectural organizations in the world: the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida.) The Dali’ Museum, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain, was voted the top museum in Florida during an online competition. And the reason the award is so special to the team at HOK and lead architect Yann Weymouth? It was voted on by the public.
“Our entire team is elated to receive this acclaim,” said Weymouth, whose masterful sense of design and space was enjoyed by 400,000 visitors last year alone. “Two and a half million people, not just architects, were the ones who voted, so that makes this award even more special. It’s a win for us, a win for St. Pete, and a win for our whole area,” he added.
The $36 million dollar facility, situated along the Tampa Bay waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, provides more than 66,000 square feet of space to reveal Dali’s amazing talent. A geodesic glass structure enclosing the foyer, a grand helix staircase in the building’s center and an outlook to the east with magnificent, palm-flanked views of yachts moored in Florida’s largest municipal marina make this museum a must-see.