Alfonso Architects have been appointed to design Streamsong Resort and Conference Center in Polk County, Florida. The 16,000 acre property located between Orlando and Tampa in Florida was formerly mined phosphate land owned and developed by The Mosaic Company, the world's leading producer and marketer of phosphate-based crop nutrients.
Paintings will be created by Alberto Alfonso, an established artist, for each of the public and guest rooms to be displayed along with the poetry of his long time collaborator, Edward Mayes. "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 Alfonso.
The resort will consist of 216 rooms in the main lodge, 12 rooms in the golf clubhouse, a full service spa , three restaurants, and 18,500 sq ft of conference centre space. Alberto Alfonso, AIA is the lead architect on the 300,000 sq ft resort, which will also have two 18-hole golf courses by the renowned designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw of Coore & Crenshaw and Tom Doak of Renaissance Design.
The architect has also commented: "Giant dunes, lakes teeming with bass, and the wooded landscape are all reflected in the design. Guest rooms will have floor to ceiling glass with custom louvers and hardware to control light, the six storey resort will be clad in Corton weatherising steel and accented with native Florida cypress. A rooftop veranda will encourage stargazing at the brilliant cosmos above the rural landscape." The golf clubhouse and two golf courses are scheduled to open December 2012. The complete resort is expected to be finished in autumn 2013, bringing more than 200 permanent jobs to the area.