Salvador Dalí Museum in Florida, USA

Customer Project

Structural Engineering Engineering & Subcontractor
Novum Structures LLC
Menomonee Falls, USA
Construction General Contractor
Beck Group
Atlanta, USA
Architect HOK Architects
Tampa, USA

The following data belong to the steel construction of the "Enigma".

Length: 37 m | Width: 30 m | Height: 23 m | Weight: ~ 47 t
Number of Nodes: 815 | Members: 1,613 | Materials: 3 | Cross-Sections: 5

In January 2011, the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, opened its doors to the public. It contains the largest collection of Dalí’s artwork outside Spain, including oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, graphics, photographs and sculptures.

The architectural highlight is the "Enigma," a glazed atrium that drapes over the side of the boxy reinforced-concrete building. The structural analysis of this unique steel-glass construction was carried out with RSTAB by the Dlubal Software customer Novum Structures.


The "Enigma" is a steel‑tube construction comprised of more than 900 triangular‑shaped glass panels that form the protruding bulges. No two glass panels within the curving glass structures are identical so they provide a truly unique view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront.

The builders had to solve a mystery of how to shape, engineer and hang the transparent structure — 75.5 ft at its tallest, 105 ft at its widest and 27.5 ft at its deepest — and still ensure the delicate-looking structure can withstand hurricane-force winds and windborne debris.

HOK’s architect Weymouth calls the Novum system a visual diagram of the way the structure performs, because the triangles get tighter in places of the greatest stress.

In 2010, HOK received the Novum Design Excellence Award for its iconic design of the Salvador Dalí Museum.

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