Located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s St. Petersburg – a city that has earned the nickname “God’s waiting room” for its popularity as a place of retirement – is perhaps not the first place you’d imagine much in the way of culture, let alone ground-breaking architecture. Yet, housing the largest collection of Salvador Dalí’s work outside of Europe, the newly opened Dalí Museum replaces the original 1982 museum with a breath-taking 68,000-square-foot structure that accommodates a priceless, 2,140-piece permanent collection of the Catalan surrealist’s work. Inspired by both his art and by a need to shelter the works from the severe hurricanes that so frequently threaten Florida’s west coast, architects HOK have created a stunning concrete block, from which an astonishing glass “Enigma” emanates, bulging with 1.5inch thick, triangulated glass panels. Surreal, innovative and utterly-compelling, HOK’s dramatic architectural delight is a fitting tribute to the eccentric works it houses… (via Weheart)

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