Alfonso Architects’ Streamsong Resort is located between Tampa and Orlando in Polk County, Florida on land formerly mined for phosphate. The 16,000 acre property includes a 316,000-square-foot lodge, 42,000-square-foot golf clubhouse, four restaurants, spa, and conference center.
“Streamsong is a celebration of reclamation, of both land and spirit. Since the mining has stopped, nature has taken over and provided us with the perfect inspiration,” says lead architect Alberto Alfonso, AIA. “Enormous grass dunes, our brilliant Florida light, water bodies stretching to the horizon teeming with fish and wildlife, a fertile and varied landscape, are all reflected in the design consciousness of Streamsong.”
Alfonso designed a vertical building strategy for the lodge grounded in the pre-historic terrain. Four zones, Submersion (AquaPietra spa, Breezeway, SottoTerra fine dining), Bank (public spaces and the Leaf lobby), Canopy (216 guest rooms with custom floor to ceiling wood louvers, furnishings, paintings, bookshelves), and Sky (Fragmentary Blue rooftop lounge inspired by the Robert Frost poem) “represents a natural correlation to the unique characteristics of landscape and climate.”
“The history, geology, foliage and celestial sky influenced material palettes, textures, and colors. Limestone, cedar, cherry, teak, and walnut were used as warm natural extensions of the land. Hand crafted mosaics, Venetian plaster, and cast in place architectural concrete produce surface texture. Alfonso, an exhibiting artist, created a series of abstract paintings, murals, engravings, and sculpture that enliven Streamsong with fine art.”
Both the Streamsong golf clubhouse and lodge have won 2014 Florida AIA Design Awards of Excellence.